Twitch has decided to ban Adult Only games with the intention of fostering a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. This is a very interesting decision on Twitch's part, who up until this point has banned the following titles:
- BMX XXX
- Dramatical Murder
- Sakura Spirit
- Second Life
Now, with the ban, they're calling out a few more specific titles:
- Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy - Director's Cut
- Manhunt 2: Uncut
Which also, interestingly enough, picks up GTA: San Andreas which was marked as Adult's Only due to the hot coffee incident.
This is a warning to all streamers out there, you can face serious Twitch related consequences for violating these rules. The Twitch Rules of Conduct outlines what games can and can't be streamed and does allow for some specific instances of games with controversial material like nudity (i.e. Witcher III) with the exception that you play the game and don't sit on the controversial material in an attempt to farm views.
I don't have an opinion about this, Twitch is a free service and it's up to them what they will and will not allow you to stream. I find it amusing that Second Life is banned from Twitch and can only assume a few dozen bad apples brought that about (whereas other games similar to SL aren't on the list) and even Dramatical Murder's clean version has gotten a few people temporarly banned with the request they don't do it again.
Anyway - be sure to read the RoC before you stream, or else you might face some steep consequences next time you try to stream GTA: SA, which I find to probably be a sacrifice to prevent games like Manhunt and Hatred from being streamed on their service without having to specifically call them out. I've found instances that players have gotten their bans quickly appealed after a slap on the wrist, but Twitch doesn't have to bother if they so choose.
GTA 5, for the time being, remains safe to stream.
If you don't like these rules, the best thing to do is to not use Twitch. YouTube is very lenient with the content it'll allow you to publish and, if you record the video yourself, you can edit out the nudity with filters, something that's much harder to do in a live game.
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