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Twitch Streaming of Adult-Only Games Has Been Banned

Not that I have ever streaming any adult content from a game on Twitch, but I find it limiting that they are putting a bar on the kind of things that users can stream. The keyword here is Adult Only rated videogames, which are strictly “not welcome” on the streaming platform.

Twitch has been tweaking their rules of conduct a bit lately; they say that they intend to make the platform “a safe, welcoming, inclusive community” and their recent policy changes are directed specifically at that.

A new post was made on their official blog outlining the new ban that they have imposed on streaming of content from Adult Only videogames.

Today, we’re updating the RoC (rules of conduct) with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch. Please refer to the ESRB’s Ratings Guide and list of Adults Only games for more information. While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games in all territories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.

There was no blanket ban on everything under that category in the past, instead they used to make game-specific decisions for titles individually. This caused confusion and uncertainty which is why they say they have made a clear policy on the matter.

However, AO games with Mature ESRB rating are allowed like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy, they said. Similarly, any game will be allowed even if it rated 18+ by any rating board but not by ESRB.

What do you make of the policy changes applied by Twitch?