TWITCH ‘BIKINI STREAM­ERS’ BANNED FOR BE­ING TOO SEXY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

TWITCH is fi­nally put­ting a stop to so-called ‘bikini stream­ers’ who wear skimpy out­fits to in­crease their sub­scriber count, or at­tract do­na­tions.

The Ama­zon-owned gam­ing web­site — which is the world’s most pop­u­lar place to livestream video games — now has a strict dress code that will come into ef­fect later this month.

More than 15 mil­lion peo­ple tune into Twitch each day to watch peo­ple stream footage of video games.

Most videos are harm­less, but there’s been a grow­ing trend of women broad­cast­ing them­selves play­ing with very lit­tle cloth­ing on.

Some streams in­volved a “squats for subs” dy­namic, where scant­ily clad game stream­ers would per­form squats in front of a cam­era in re­turn for new sub­scribers.

But a new up­date to Twitch’s com­mu­nity guide­lines that fo­cuses on “sex­ual con­tent” in­tro­duces a dress code that means ‘bikini stream­ers’ will face a ban.

“Twitch is an open global com­mu­nity with users of many ages and cul­tures. Be­cause of this, it’s im­por­tant that your con­tent is not sex­ual in na­ture.

“We’re up­dat­ing our mod­er­a­tion frame­work to re­view your con­duct in its en­tirety when eval­u­at­ing if the in­tent is to be sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive.”

The com­pany is plan­ning to ex­am­ine a whole host of el­e­ments, in­clud­ing stream ti­tles, cam­era an­gles, emotes, pan­els, cloth­ing, over­lays, and the chat box too.

As far as cloth­ing goes, Twitch rec­om­mends wear­ing some­thing you’d be com­fort­able in at the shops.

“At­tire in gam­ing streams, most at-home streams, and all pro­file/chan­nel im­agery should be ap­pro­pri­ate for a pub­lic street, mall, or restau­rant.”

– The Sun

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