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?
Last Updated: May 28, 2015