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The streaming of Adult Only rated games has been banned by Twitch

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Twitch is the number one destination for all streaming requirements. There’s everything from casual gaming right through to hardcore… eSports. If you’re the kind of person who has a taste for “Adults Only” rated games however, you may have to look elsewhere to get your streaming fix. Twitch have updated their rules of conduct, and such games are no longer allowed on their service.

Previously, Twitch banned specific titles from being streamed. They’ve now updated their rules of conduct so as to completely eliminate any confusion as to which games aren’t allowed. Here’s the official announcement from their blog (via Polygon):

Our goal at Twitch is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive community platform where everyone can feel comfortable and have fun. From time to time, we update our Rules of Conduct (RoC) in pursuit of this goal and to match emerging issues in the video game industry.

Previously, we made game-specific decisions about which games would and would not be available for broadcast – sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible.

Today, we’re updating the RoC with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch.

As it stands, there are 26 games on the ESRB Ratings list. Many are calling out Twitch on making this change so as to distance themself from the controversial violent game, Hatred, which coincidentally, releases on the 1st of June (next week Monday). It too will be banned from Twitch thanks to its Adult Only rating.

Honestly, this makes no difference in my life. I only go to Twitch to see footage on games I am interested in or to follow a specific eSport event. While I don’t think I’d ever play Hatred, a small part of me would be interested in seeing it in action. This means I would have to head to Twitch to see somebody else play it. That’s something I can no longer do. It’s not the end of the world really, at least not to me.

What do you think? Are Twitch wrong in attempting to police what is and isn’t allowed? Were you looking forward to watching others play Hatred?

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Last Updated: May 28, 2015

9 Comments

  1. I pretty much agree with this… but it doesn’t help with the swearing in streams and the chicks that are half naked while streaming 😛

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    • Krabby Paddy

      May 28, 2015 at 13:37

      lol, half (or even more than half) naked woman is obviously considered family viewing. Just look at ads, music videos, etc etc. Also swearing is now an important part of an 8 year old’s (or 3 in some cases) vocab. I mean how else are they to be rude, disrespectful little brats if they can’t swear at people.

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      • Deceased

        May 28, 2015 at 13:51

        I’ve desperately been clinging onto my 8-year-old self’s vocabulary… Rudest thing you’ll come across in days O.O

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    • Lothy

      May 29, 2015 at 09:56

      Ye that 1 female streamer Kaceytron, should be perma banned… The swearing and general vulgar sexual comments are a little over the top…. But hey I wont lie, I have clicked a few lady streams cause…well… men love BOOOOOBS!

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  2. CuddlesaurusRex

    May 28, 2015 at 13:37

    I guess we will always have Youtube… But I think it would be better if they put some kind of parental control system in place here. Same thing as DSTV. Parents should be involved in what their kids are exposed to anyway so let the responsibility fall on them. I don’t really see how this helps anyway. Kids will access the mature stuff one way or another…

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  3. Trevor Matrix

    May 28, 2015 at 14:38

    To be honest, 98% of AO games are poop crap anyways and not worth of my time.

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    • Vincent Perro

      May 28, 2015 at 16:33

      yep same opinion here. But it will definitely concern all the GTA games and some of this kind, which isn’t that nice:( And i can only agree with the guys saying that it won’t stop half-naked chicks from streaming themselves (why won’t they use instgram or tumblr like other normal attentionseekers?)

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      • Stan Smith

        May 28, 2015 at 19:20

        monies.

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  4. Aries

    May 28, 2015 at 14:55

    Not that it matters, parents are still going to buy there children Adult only games

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