Twitch has been going from strength to strength. The video streaming site has gained a new market with an easy-to-use service for new gen consoles, available on the PS4 and the Xbox One. It’s also gained plenty of notoriety for a number of quirky Let’s Plays. First came Twitch Plays Pokemon, with the user base of the site itself trying to democratically catch ’em all. Somehow, Twitch managed to beat Pokemon Red, and along the way a flurry of clones appeared, including Twitch playing Tetris and a even a live fish streaming Pokemon.
As the site’s presence grew, it was no surprise to see outside companies gain an interest in it. Rumors of a Google and YouTube takeover were very strong before Amazon acquired the streaming service for $970 million. That purchase has so far been an astute choice, with even more growth in use for Twitch, and Destiny netted 20 million Twitch streams within a week.
However, it seems as though it isn’t all fun and games at Twitch. The site has had to make some alterations to its dress code. The new changes warn streamers to wear appropriate clothing for their channels. “Nerds are sexy, and you’re all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let’s try and keep this about the games, shall we?” Asks the newly-updated Rules of Conduct. In a light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek warning, the rules state that “You may have a great six-pack, but that’s better shared on the beach during a 2-on-2 volleyball game blasting Playing with the Boys.” So you’re out of luck if you happen to be called Maverick or Iceman.
“Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing – including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments – is prohibited,” the dress code continues, “as well as any fully nude torsos.” This applies to both male and female broadcasters, but Twitch does give a bit of lee-way. If you live in a warm climate, Twitch won’t make you put on a sweater. Instead, they suggest that you “just crop the webcam to your face. Problem solved.” And if you’re stuck for something to wear, the Rules also note that Twitch “sell t-shirts, and those are always acceptable.”
Last Saturday, we spent 24 hours straight on Twitch. Game Rant’s finest took part in a day-long marathon to raise money for Extra Life, giving vital support to children’s hospitals across the US and Canada. It was a huge success, reaching our $1000 target in just a day. It’s not too late to donate, though – just follow this link to our Extra Life team page.
What do you make of these changes to the Twitch rules of conduct? Have you noticed much of a problem with nudity in streams? And do you think Twitch is right to set these guidelines? Let us know in the comments below.