No More Getting Half-Naked On Stream, Twitch Says

No More Getting Half-Naked On Stream, Twitch Says

No shirt, no shoes, no service. Uber-popular game streaming service Twitch has made a slight yet impactful change to its rules of conduct. Where once it merely put a big, fluffy blanket over all naughty bits — banning "sexually explicit acts or content", which included "nudity, stripping, or performing/discussing sexual acts" — it's now seen fit to prohibit sexually suggestive clothing as well.

The new rules of conduct section includes this:

"Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?"

"Wearing no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing — including lingerie, swimsuits, pasties, and undergarments — is prohibited, as well as any full nude torsos, which applies to both male and female broadcasters. 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.'"

A lot of people have streamed shirtless over the years, as a quick Google search will attest. That type of behaviour wouldn't necessarily fall under "sexually explicit acts or conduct", so apparently clarification was needed. This will, however, probably affect at least a small number of streamers pretty significantly, even if most people stream while, you know, wearing clothes. People tend to pay attention when tops pop and flesh runs amok. Some used that to draw viewers.

Guess that's curtains for Fahey's upcoming Nudestravasplosion, then. Goodness, what a shame.

Twitch has undergone quite a few changes recently, especially in the run-up to/wake of Amazon's $US970 million purchase of the massive streaming service. This is not necessarily a direct result of that, but it does continue a theme of change and rules clarification as Twitch grows from David-sized niche into a multimedia Goliath.

Did you ever tune in to Twitch broadcasters that streamed with only the flimsiest scraps hiding their Forbidden Parts? Or — gasp — did you ever stream that way yourself? What do you think about all of this?


Comments

    So no more cam girls showing off their rib tattoos to get more people gifting them Hello Kitty cars in DayZ?

    Dammit, this ruins my plan of holding people hostage over Twitch, and forcing them to pay me money as I'd otherwise remove my shirt. So disappointing.

    Are you a twitch celebrity located in a sub-tropical climate? Are you tired of your sweaty, awful streams of DOTA being out-viewed by some low temperature schlub in Alaska? Wait no longer, Twitch is proud to announce it's new live-streaming compatible pit-stain removal technology!

    Fairly retarded, spend alot of time gaming shirtless during summer, and I assure you my naked chest is not sexually suggestive......

    Last edited 28/10/14 1:23 pm

      Nobody cares to see it you meathead. And it's about equality. If women can't get their tits out, why can a guy? What's the difference? Free for all or none for all.

        Ah...super low cut tops are far more sexually suggestive than my hairy nipples, I assure you, I'll even get you photo's for comparison if you want?

        Equality doesn't work when we have different naughty bits, in different spots....

        Last edited 29/10/14 8:32 am

    So what I'm getting from this is that being the King (or Queen) of No-Pants is still ok, as long as your top isn't sexually suggestive.

    Last edited 28/10/14 1:25 pm

      As long as you don't stand up lol

        But that's the beauty of it, you can. As long as you have a non-sexually suggestive shirt on, you:
        a) Don't have a fully naked torso.
        2) Aren't completely nude,
        Trois) Aren't wearing anything sexually suggestive. Not even lingerie or undergarments.

        With all the boxes ticked, you can retain your royal title while playing games.

    If it was just about the games then why wouldn't they just turn off any cams showing the user?
    Tbh, this doesn't bother me much as I never watch Twitch but people getting naked always makes me happy. It's just nice to know that it's there.

      Reactions are a big part of it, and it makes it more personable. It would be silly to just ban half the content being created.

    Pretty silly for people who live in areas with a really hot and humid climate.

    So all the cam grills will have to wear sweaters now? there goes three quarters of their revenue

    i personally support this. it's annoying when i want to see something at work, but can't because the person streaming is half naked and it looks dodgy to people passing behind me.

    This is unfortunately going to sound incredibly sexist but I for one am glad that this happening. I'm am avid twitch viewer and flick through streams like a TV channel but when you see the top viewed streams that is some girl playing a game with the webcam angled right at her cleavage it just doesn't seem right.

    It makes it so those who actually have interesting streams from streamers who are funny or talented just don't get a share in the viewership all because of tits.

    Likewise for dudes without their shirts, I don't want to see sweat dripping down someone's chest while they are playing games.

    I for one like tits with my gaming.

      +1 and upvoting does not sufficiently convey my support in this matter.

    Now, if only they can ban the guys who run at lunch time with their t-shirt off and tucked into the back pocket of their shorts.

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