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These Amouranth Clones Are Causing An Uproar

It would be an understatement to say that professional streamer and cosplayer Amouranth has had a rocky go of things lately. However, nobody could have predicted that she'd have to deal with people literally cloning her channel and scamming people with her content — and that multiple streamers would suffer the same indignity.

Despite knocking Pokimane out of the top viewership spot on Twitch earlier this year, Amouranth's presence on the streaming program has been the subject of much debate in recent weeks. The streamer spoke out against the treatment of streamers engaging in the controversial "hot tub meta." She voiced her displeasure with the platform and viewers after several streamers were suspended or banned for streaming from their hot tubs.

Shortly after posting her Twitter thread on the subject, Amouranth revealed that Twitch had suspended ad revenue on her channel, cutting a major source of her revenue. While ad monetization was eventually restored to her channel, the damage had been done. Amouranth now only receives a fraction of the ad money she used to. And now that Twitch has a dedicated "Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches" category, scammers are already crawling out of the woodwork to trick unsuspecting viewers and make money off of Amouranth's image.

Although the category is still in its infancy, it has already become a hot bed (no pun intended) of virtual swindlers and con artists.

No one was prepared for these cloned accounts

As spotted by Wicked Good Gaming on Twitter, it didn't take long before people found ways of tricking unsuspecting viewers into tuning into fake hot tub streams. According to Wicked Good Gaming, some of these streams are made by looping VODs of older streams from content creators like Amouranth, Corinna Kopf, and Indiefoxx. WGG included several screenshots from these fraudulent accounts in the post, which illustrated some of the false claims made by these scammers and showed just how far these fakes are willing to go to fool viewers.

For instance, one fake Amouranth stream, which was broadcast on a channel called 10gibbo, was telling viewers they'd get immediate access to her OnlyFans account if they made any donations. Wicked Good Gaming also reported that some accounts were simply broadcasting still images of the streamer they purported to be. WGG wrote, "some of them are just screenshots of these people saying 'changing bikini brb' and people are in chat waiting!!"

Needless to say, users of the platform aren't pleased. Twitch streamer Linko64 remarked that this latest rash of people stealing content "has just highlighted bigger problems [Twitch] has suffered from for years."

Luckily, Kotaku's Nathan Grayson has reported that a large number of these scam accounts have been shut down rather quickly. However, some of them have been able to stream for hours on end before Twitch has taken action. As Twitch's new category grows in popularity, it's likely that some unscrupulous users will continue to try to exploit it.