Twitch Cancels “Let’s Chat” With djWHEAT Following Negative Response From Community

Published 05/05/2021, 5:01 AM EDT


Twitch recently conducted its weekly “Lets Chat” live stream that happens every Wednesday at 1 PM/PT. It is a great way for viewers around the world to directly talk to the executives and contribute towards making the platform even better.

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In the latest and the first “Let’s Chat” episode, the Director of Creator Development at Twitch, djWHEAT, talked about several topics. This included the sharp rise in the number of streamers that go live in hot tubs while wearing bathing suits. These ‘hot-tub’ streams have gained a massive amount of attention lately.

Apparently, a plethora of viewers were disappointed by Twitch not taking action on such creators, and even big names like Ninja and xQc had criticized it.

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djWHEAT expects the Twitch community to control the content it sees

The latest “Let’s Chat” with djWHEAT was a highly anticipated event for many viewers. They were expecting the Creator Development head to address the issues firmly, and finally, ban the creators that promote the ‘hot-tub meta’.

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In contrast, djWHEAT clarified that bathing suits, in a proper context, are allowed on Twitch. Moreover, none of the ‘hot-tub streams’ violate the platform’s Nudity and Attire policy. Hence, it is unlikely that Twitch will take an action against them in the near future.

Lastly, djWHEAT advised the viewers to use features like the ‘I am not interested’ button. Accordingly, hot tub streams won’t be a part of their recommendations, and they can avoid them easily.

This was certainly not the kind of response that the Twitch community was looking forward to. While some agreed with djWHEAT, others openly called him out for being ignorant of the glaring problems.

Should djWHEAT not host Twitch’s “Let’s Chat” episodes?

Twitch, on Twitter, recently thanked all the people that joined the first episode of “Let’s Chat”. However, the platform has decided to delay the next stream in the series indefinitely. This is primarily owing to the feedback received on the first episode with djWHEAT.

A majority of fans seem dissatisfied with the way djWHEAT tackled certain issues. Furthermore, there were many questions that he didn’t even acknowledge.

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Regardless of this criticism, the community still wants Twitch to conduct new episodes of “Let’s Chat”. The only demand is to have a host that understands the needs of viewers, streamers, and their respective communities in a better way. From the looks of it, djWHEAT is not the ideal representative to do so.

Communication has always been a prevalent issue for Twitch. The streaming platform has banned several creators like Dr Disrespect, but hasn’t disclosed the reasons behind it. Naturally, this has now become a bone of contention among the viewers as well as the creators.

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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