The streamer Amouranth recently came under fire from a viewer who belittled her choice of career, telling her to “try working a nine to five job for a couple of years and then tell me if you actually worked your ass off.” The content creator naturally shot back, diving into the details of her daily work schedule, pointing out that she routinely puts in “19 to 20 hour days.” This of course reopened the highly divisive debate about healthy work habits among streamers.
“The hours would be an absolute cakewalk,” Amouranth said on Twitter. “I’m about to go to sleep. It’s 7:00 AM. My team comes in at noon and I’ll do some calls and work with them on It's Real Work,” the so-called “e-girl agency” which Amouranth recently founded. “On a normal day, I’d stream 14 hours after that,” she added. “I’ve been doing 19 to 20 hour days for literal years.”
“I hustled my ass off for three years and aggregated demand at an industrial rate to create this fortune,” Amouranth previously tweeted in defense of her highly profitable career. The content creator has apparently made more than $33 million just from streaming on the platform OnlyFans. Amouranth has also been making headlines for her sizable investments in stocks, property, and small businesses.
Amouranth is currently the second most popular female streamer on Twitch with over 5.5 million followers, putting her just behind Pokimane who right now has about nine million followers. Amouranth also happens to be one of the most watched content creators on the platform. She has an average stream length of 10.1 hours.
This type of work schedule has been coming under criticism for months if not years. Pokimane announced earlier this week that she would be taking a break from streaming to give herself a “mental reset,” pointing out that proper breaks are "essential" for good health. “I’ve been feeling in need of a mental reset and some time to focus on myself and my life offline,” the content creator said on Twitter. “I’m so grateful for the support you all have shown me over the years. Thanks for putting me in a position where I’m able to take time off like this.”
The idea that streaming is hardly a form of work and therefore not subject to the same standards of scheduling is shockingly prevalent, even among streamers. The former esports champion Shroud told his fans last year for example that “I don’t like work. That’s why I stream.” When a follower pointed out that streaming is in fact a form of work, Shroud was quick to question the assertion. “Streaming is work? No, it’s not fucking work, it’s a god damned joke,” he argued. “Look, I’m sitting here doing nothing. I’m literally doing nothing.”
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