Felix "xQc" Lengyel's issues with the hot tub trend on Twitch were borne of an intentional distraction from his gambling streams, claims Kaitlyn "Amouranth" Siragusa.
The two have had a feud owing to their very different styles of streaming and content creation. Amouranth was one of the biggest faces of the hot tub trend on the platform, involving the streamer chilling out in a pool while interacting with their audiences. In spite of the huge success of these sorts of streams, ranging from birthday parties to horrendous cocktails of eggs and coke to silly cosplay ones, not everyone was thrilled with the latest trend on Twitch.
xQc criticised those hopping into hot tubs, calling them "trash" and "the most pathetic thing we've seen on Twitch in forever." When Amouranth had been demonetised, seemingly for her hot tub streams, he said that this action might have "saved everybody from losing their ads." Conversely, those who engaged in the hot tub trend, either as a streamer or a viewer, claimed that there will always be detractors in any trend that's popularised by women.
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After moving from hot tub streams to ASMR streams, Amouranth and xQc have locked horns again. "It's just the fact that... [it's] the same offense, five times in two months, and [she only got] a three-day ban," said the streamer on Amouranth's ban after her ASMR streams split the community once more. "How do you not get mad as a Twitch Partner seeing this?"
Now, Amouranth has hit out at xQc's gambling streams, where enormous amounts of cash are risked by the streamer on online sites for his viewers to watch what happens next. "The reason xQc liked ripping on hot tubs was because it took attention away from the gamba stuff," said Amouranth on Twitter. "I took one for the team. You know glass houses and such."
She isn't the only one to speak out about xQc's gambling streams. Imane "Pokimane" Anys claims that those with casino sponsorships are "already multimillionaires" and shouldn't promote gambling - directly or indirectly - to their followers who aren't in the same position as them. "It would be a good idea for people to sit down at that point and [ask themselves] what is ethically or maybe morally just not worth it," said Pokimane on stream earlier this week.
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