Twitch Suspends Streamer After She Wears Chun-Li Cosplay

Last night, Twitch suspended art streamer Quqco after she livestreamed herself wearing cosplay of Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Dexerto first reported.

Quqco is a small streamer who often draws pictures from her favourite gaming franchises live on Twitch. Yesterday, she was wearing Chun-Li’s signature blue qipao and bun covers, and soon after, she received notice of a three-day suspension for “sexually suggestive content or activities,” according to an email from Twitch posted to her Twitter. The outfit features a thigh-high slit that is sometimes considered risqué.

“I actually bought one size up to ensure that the slit wasn’t too high,” said Quqco in an email to Kotaku. “The slit of this dress is cut lower than some runner shorts I own.”

Twitch’s guidelines surrounding sexually explicit content are vague, a widespread allegation waged by female streamers for years. “Attire intended to be sexually suggestive and nudity are prohibited,” Twitch’s community guidelines read. For streams like Quqco’s, they “recommend attire appropriate for public settings, such as what you would wear on a public street, or to a mall or restaurant.”

The video in question has since been removed, so it’s difficult to tell if there was a particular moment that may have been flagged by Twitch. Twitch did not respond to Kotaku’s request for comment by the time of publication.

Twitch previously suspended Quqco after she cosplayed Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters. At the time, Quqco wrote on Twitter that she was banned because she was report brigaded by the popular subreddit Livestreamfail. “I was sexually harassed,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

“All I wore was a Mai cosplay while I was drawing.” Quqco believes this recent suspension was also due to “a group of trolls who have been targeting me for mass reporting for a while...I am immediately reported because I’ve been branded a thot,” she said, adding that she doesn’t do physical activities like squatting or dancing on stream.

Kotaku saw one now-removed comment on Livestreamfail in which a user said, “Lmao saw her streaming again today and instantly reported the thot,” although we were unable to confirm whether she was brigaded. Brigading is not an uncommon problem for female streamers; Kotaku has previously reported on self-appointed boob police who trawl through Twitch’s directories searching for and reporting women they believe are violating Twitch’s terms of service.

Despite this, the moderators of Livestreamfail don’t believe the suspension is connected to the subreddit’s activity. “Considering the thread was submitted after her ban by Twitch it’s pretty hard to argue that it’s the result of a LSF brigade,” one told Kotaku.

“I am sure there are other girls who are facing the same difficulty as me,” said Quqco. “The problem is that there are so many trolls and ill-tended people who will band together to report a streamer.”


Comments

    Does this mean we can no longer stream Street Fighter on twitch? Fair's fair afterall.

    I mean, one chick got a 1 week ban for literally flashing clam on stream, so you'd think wearing an outfit should be all of about a 2 min ban by that logic right?

    Fuck this misogynistic bullshit.

      It's even worse when some admins of twitch white knight defend actual offenders of sexually suggestive content. Totally hypocritical

        r/ThatHappened

          You're telling me that some of the high profile streamers like Amouranth and Alinity don't get a blind eye treatment because they have high sub/follower numbers? It's a complete double standard compared to other female streamers

          It happens all the time. Twitch blatantly holds double standards for the big female streamers like Amouranth and Alinity. And when they do get "banned", it's not a real ban because they return a week or two later to do it all over again.

          Amouranth literally showed her vagina for almost 10 seconds on stream and was only banned for a day.

          Twitch is selective.

            To be honest you didn't see much except skin colour (shaved I guess) and it seems more likely a slip then anything. I mean you'd need to run some decent AI algorithm on that to get detail :)

              My point is that repeated slip only got her a 1-day ban.

              While this streamer gets a three-day ban for showing some leg.

            “Literally showed her vagina”, hey? Somehow I doubt that. I’m guessing you might need to revise the difference between mons pubis, labia and vagina.

              If you want to get technical about it, 'literally' doesn't even mean 'literally' any more (dictionary includes the meaning of figuratively, used for emphasis) so they weren't wrong in that sense.

                This makes me about as sad as YOLO being included in the Oxford dictionary. Either way, I was being a smart ass in the first place and I’m not willing to die on this particular grammatical hill.

    Whilst there are way worse things that break Twitch’s terms, she did seemingly intentionally repoint the camera at her crotch. Are the rules consistent? Nah. Did she break them? Probably.

    The actions of the crowd is indeed misogynistic.

    Twitch though, have this elitist favouritism where unless you're a top earner the rules don't apply, and these ones are the ones playing jump rope with the guidelines. The above individual is clearly attempting to abide, but obviously having a smaller viewership easier to enforce these rules on, with no impact to twitch's bottom-line.

    Guidelines need to be enforced appropriately, and Twitch should bare the onus of responsibility as much as the vocal minority/majority in all cases.

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    I guess Twitch can't ever livestream anyone going to conventions then. This case is definitely odd. Chun Li is also one of the most appropriately attired female characters I can think of.

    I can't wait for the day when anything above the ankles is forbidden on Twitch for females.

      "females"? XD

      This must be your first time on Earth. We call them women here.

        Damn. This is my first intergalactic tour and I swore I'd try not to sound like a tourist.

        Female pets and feminine furniture legs must also be covered.

      Female humans are generally called women or girls... Something like that.

      Oh, ankles! I'd watch a streamer who surreptitiously showed a bit of ankle. ;)

    Didn’t twitch just hold a “Slut Stream”?
    They are sending very mixed messages...

      Nah, they're not at all. The Slut Streams/Slut walks are well known anti-Harassment movements that Twitch apparently supports. I say 'apparently', because, well, it's twitch...

    Having legs is now considered sexually suggestive? righto...we are in the '20s rn I guess

    Well, I have to admit that Jackie Chan was quite attractive when he was playing Chun Li in City Hunter...

    Can someone explain to me whether the suspension is triggered automatically if enough people report it as offensive?

    Or does it still need someone at twitch to watch it and confirm it is truly against the rules?

    That's what angling the camera towards your lap, sitting wide legged and strategically placing between your thighs what little clothing you have covering your lower half, so as to not reveal any naughty bits.

    Toeing the line is not the same as testing the waters; she tried the latter and got what was coming to her.

    So let's get this straight.

    Amouranth shows her genitals on stream - 1 day ban.
    Cosplay as a character showing some leg - 3 day ban.

    Twitch sure is consistent with their bans.

    Both Twitch and these trolls who would apparently explode in a blast of semen if they ever visited a beach or pool are pathetic.

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