Twitch Removes 'Joy Of Sex' Category, Popular Streamer Heartbroken

Image: Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris

Twitch’s rules largely state that sexual content is not allowed, with some “educational, scientific, artistic, newsworthy, or academic” exceptions aside. And yet, for years, the platform had its own category called “The Joy Of Sex.” Now it’s gone, and one popular streamer and his fans are in mourning.

“The Joy Of Sex” category’s existence is ironic given Twitch’s fraught relationship with moderation of nudity and supposed “boobie streamers.”

However, the platform creates categories for all but the most obscure games so that streamers can mark down what they’re playing, and back in 1993, there was a game for the ill-fated Philips CD-i called The Joy Of Sex. So, that’s how the Twitch category came to be. The back of the game’s case describes it as “a wise, entertaining, uninhibited guide to lovemaking, containing a sparkling combination of video, illustrations, commentary, and music made easily and instantly accessible,” which I guess means it’s technically educational?

Despite the fact that hardly anybody actually played The Joy Of Sex on Twitch, a handful of streamers still used the category for laughs or to test out their streams. The biggest streamer among these, easily, was Chance “Sodapoppin” Morris, who has nearly 2.5 million followers.

Over the weekend, he was heartbroken to discover that Twitch recently zapped The Joy Of Sex category out of existence.

“What? They removed The Joy Of Sex on Twitch,” he said during a stream while preparing to play an indie game. “I’m gonna fucking riot. Shut the fuck up. Do you have any idea how fucking proud I am that the majority of my hours streamed is under The Joy of Sex? I have worked for that! And to randomly have that taken away from me, I swear to fuck... Why? That was my section.”

Sodapoppin used Joy Of Sex as a stand-in category when the indie games he was playing on stream hadn’t been scanned by Twitch’s not-quite-all-seeing eye.

According to third-party site TwitchTracker, he’d been regularly using the category since 2017 and had streamed a total of 122 hours in it. During a July 2018 stream, he pulled nearly 50,000 concurrent viewers into his web of sex-free Joy of Sex streams.

Now that category is gone, and he’s not the only one in mourning. Some fans, too, have expressed surprise and sadness that the longtime oddity is finally gone. I fear, however, that their impassioned pleas will fall on deaf ears. How will people learn to have sex now, Twitch? Where will they go?


Comments

    I don't care about the story really, but someone should probably tell the streamer the SM7B mic is end address, not side address.

      It looks like he just leaned back in the one picture here. In all his streams it looks like his mic sits below and angled toward his mouth (most likely to be out of the way) meaning it would be facing the correct direction to capture his voice as intended with this dynamic mic.

        I skimmed a few dozen stills from his streams, he has it positioned wrong in more of them than he has it right. Off axis positioning still needs to pointed at the source, most of the shots he's off by 50-60 degrees.

        That said, I asked you not to reply to me any more last time. That hasn't changed.

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