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Twitch’s Hot Tub Stream Controversy Explained

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in General | Apr, 6th 2021

Debate arose in the Twitch community recently over the grey areas in the site’s ToS. An influx of female streamers are using the “Just Chatting” tag to stream themselves from a hot tub. One tweet from a user brought both defenders and opposers of the streams online to discuss whether hot tub streams belong on Twitch. 

The Controversy Begins


The discussion began with a single question asked by Twitch streamer MsBananas. She posted on Twitter asking about the influx of suggestive content under the “Just Chatting” tag on the website. “Went on Twitch and seriously got confused as to what app I was actually on….” she states, showcasing four images of seemingly suggestive content, two of which showcase women in bikinis in a hot tub. 

Her statement caused an uproar from both sides of the argument, with people agreeing and disagreeing with her statement. While some have told her to move on from the situation, many have accused MsBananas of being a misogynist. One Twitter user quote tweeted her tweet saying: “Just say u h8 women & go.”

While the consensus from women on Twitter is that the streamers MsBananas called out are “Doing nothing wrong,” some on the other side of the argument claim that the existence of the streams in question is sidestepping the vague grey areas of Twitch’s ToS.

The Debate


The debate stems from the principle of the Twitch site. While Twitch is regarded as a video game-centric platform, it seems that the website’s evolution has brought upon all sorts of online content, making it less about what originally was intended. With the introduction of the “IRL” and “Just Chatting” tags on Twitch, it appears to be that Twitch has become a hodgepodge of online content.

This is where the concern for the platform begins, according to those who agree with MsBananas statement. Twitch is a platform meant specifically for live streaming games. While tags like “Just Chatting” and “IRL” have their merits, such as Robcdee, an Australian streamer known for lending a helping hand to people in need while streaming on the streets of Japan.

Many bring up that the influx of seemingly suggestive content. The lack of any concrete rules from Twitch and their supposed double standard of enforcement is the reason why streams such as hot tub streams is such a bad idea.

Twitch’s Supposed Double Standard


Those who mention Twitch’s double standard bring up the three-day ban of professional Smash Bros. Player Mang0, who was suspended from Twitch for “sexual content,” the clip in question, features Mang0 imitating a sexual act on a figurine, which he then discards onto the floor. This clip, most likely meant as a joke with both Mang0 and the other person on stream with him laughing about it, caused him to get banned for three days

While seemingly raunchy for a joke, nothing about the clip appears to be breaking the Twitch ToS. And many were quick to voice their disappointment in Twitch for Mang0’s ban, if only for three days. They are comparing that clip to some of the hot tub streams. Many have proposed that Twitch is safeguarding suggestive female streamers, as the monetary gain is beneficial to the website. Part of the Twitch community believes that while Mang0 is banned for something such as a raunchy joke, women who wear bikinis and stream from inside a hot tub or, in the case of MsBananas tweet, are streaming while spinning on a pole, should be held to the same ToS standards. 

Many turned to Twitch for their opinion, asking for a concrete answer to the ToS. Twitch has yet to respond.

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Source: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/twitchs-hot-tub-stream-controversy-explained/

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Two World of Warcraft pets inbound after meeting $1 million charity goal

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World of Warcraft players will receive a pair of unique in-game pets following the reaching of a donation milestone for Doctors Without Borders.

The charity fundraiser reached its initial goal of $500,000 on March 24. Just shy of a month later the ultimate goal of $1 million has been met.

Players on the retail World of Warcraft servers can now redeem a pair of in-game pets–Bananas the Baby Gorilla and Daisy the Sloth.

Bananas is a traditional pet that will follow you around Azeroth as normal. Daisy is a pet that players can carry upon their back as they move around on their adventures.

These two rewards will be available until August 1, so make sure to not leave it till to late before adding these adorable critters to your collection.

The duo is available to all players whether you contributed to the campaign and can be redeemed through the Blizzard Shop in the Battle.net client.

The Charity Pet program in World of Warcraft is one of Activision Blizzard’s initiatives to support global fundraising. The company similarly released a cosmetic pack in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 titled the “Call of Duty Endowment United Pack,” with proceeds put towards helping veterans find employment.

For those looking to get their hands on their new pet friends right now, only Bananas can be claimed, while Daisy will be made available in the near future.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/wow/news/two-world-of-warcraft-pets-inbound-after-meeting-1-million-charity-goal

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Magic Arena to give away $50,000 during Friday Night Magic event with MrBeast

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Magic Arena is partnering with YouTuber MrBeast for a Friday Night Magic in-game event where two players can win $25,000.

With in-store play no longer an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday Night Magic events on Arena started amid worldwide lockdowns. This Friday, an additional special guest and level of competition will be present, as MrBeast will be playing Arena from 1pm to 2pm CT anonymously.

Preconstructed decks will be provided for the event and two players that are lucky enough to play against MrBeast could win the $25,000 prize. Entry into the event is free.

Participants must enter the event and complete their matches. Players that concede early will be disqualified. The prize winners will be contacted through their email registered with Arena.

This opportunity is only open to residents of the United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Portugal. Winners must be 18 years old. 

MrBeast is a popular content creator with 60 million subscribers on YouTube who built his name off of massive monetary donations and random acts of kindness. This is the first time MrBeast will be partnering with Wizards of the Coast for an event.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/mtg/news/magic-arena-to-give-away-50000-during-friday-night-magic-event-with-mrbeast

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Teamfight Tactics Set 5:Reckoning 11.9 PBE Patch Notes

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Team Fight Tactic's new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game.
Team Fight Tactic’s new Set 5: Reckoning will bring exciting new features into the game. | courtesy of Riot Games

Teamfight Tactis Set 5: Reckoning patched PBE, bringing tentative balance changes.

Season 5: Reckoning has been on PBE for the last month with various new features. The general public seems satisfied because Season 4 has been dragging on for a bit. As the release date approaches in less than a week, the game makes a few changes before the official release.

The PBE patch happened April 20 with changes in the following area:

Let us take a closer look at major changes. For the full patch note, see Riot’s official 4/20 PBE Update article.

The April 20 PBE patch removed the two gold per win payout and added a two gold per loss payout.

Hyper Roll is a new game mod coming this season. Players start with 10 health, and love one health per defeat. Experience cannot be bought with money, and rolls costs health. This would require different gameplay from original ranked queue with a faster phase estimated 15 minutes per game. See Teamfight Tactics: Hyper Roll on Riot’s official website for detailed information about Hyper Roll.

The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage.
The Forgotten champions have bonus Ability Power and Attach Damage. | courtesy of Riot Games

With the new season comes new traits and champions. A few new members include Draven and Viego, a part of the Forgotten champions. Another interesting champion is Little Devil Teemo where he takes health and not coins to be recruited. The list of traits and champions is found in the Trait Overview Cheatsheet released by the official Teamfight Tactics Twitter.

The shop roll odds for Level seven and eight has both decreased.

Spatula spawn rates on the carousel has been adjusted in stage two, three and four at the rate of 45%.

A total of 19 items have gone through changes in patch April 20.

Shadow items went through changes, where most items were weakened other than the Shadow Blue Buff and the Shadow Hextech Gunblade. More information about Shadow items can be found in the Reckoning Gameplay Overview by Riot.

The develop team continues to work on Teamfight Tactics to release Season 5: Reckoning. Players can be excited for a balanced gameplay on April 27 when the new season officially starts.

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Dallas Empire benches Huke, promotes FeLo to starting roster

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The Dallas Empire has benched Huke in favor of Challengers player FeLo, the team announced today via Twitter.

Huke, who at one time was touted as one of the best players in the Call of Duty League this year, will move to a “reserve role,” according to the Empire’s tweet. FeLo will make his first CDL start against Stage Two Major champions Toronto Ultra on Sunday, April 25.

“FeLo will be in the starting lineup Sunday against Toronto as we move Huke to a reserve role,” the Empire’s statement reads. “The team has felt we are playing below our potential, and with FeLo playing so well in Challengers, he’s earned a shot to compete in the starting lineup.”

Huke tweeted: “Wish them the best, another challenge for me and I’m here for it.”

FeLo is a veteran of the Call of Duty scene, competing for the likes of OpTic Nation, CLG, Rise Nation, compLexity, eUnited, and Evil Geniuses. After spending the entire 2020 season in Challengers with Triumph Gaming, FeLo signed with the Empire as the team’s only substitute in January 2021.

The Empire won their first match of Stage Three earlier today, defeating the Paris Legion 3-1. During the series, Huke had a 1.05 K/D ratio, the second-worst of the four players. Shotzzy, the reigning league MVP, had a 0.82 K/D.

Dallas are in second place in the 12-team league with 190 CDL Points right now. They’re 12-7 on the season and finished second and third at the Stage One and Stage Two Majors, respectively.

FeLo and Dallas will take on the Ultra in the last match of the first week of Stage Three at 5pm CT on April 25.

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Source: https://dotesports.com/call-of-duty/news/dallas-empire-bench-huke-promote-felo-to-starting-roster

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