Regardless of where you land on the gender spectrum, it’s time to put a shirt on if you want to broadcast on Twitch.
In an effort to keep Twitch channels focused on gaming instead of gawking, game broadcasting site Twitch.tv has updated its rules of conduct to explicitly ban sexually suggestive clothing. The rule pertaining to this now reads:
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.”
* If it’s unbearably hot where you are, and you happen to have your shirt off (guys) or a bikini top (grills), then just crop the webcam to your face. Problem solved.
We sell t-shirts, and those are always acceptable. #Kappa
A number of Twitch channels have been as focused on the broadcaster’s garments (or lack thereof) as they have been on the games themselves, and this is meant to offset that. Though Twitch’s language is intentionally vague, some broadcasters who depend on that sort of thing for income may end up moving to sites like Hitbox.tv that have no such rules in place.
It’s possible that this is related to their Amazon sale, but the move fits some of the changes Twitch has been making in past months to keep the site inclusive and hospitable.