Twitch Bans Streaming of Adult Only (AO) Rated Games

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Just in time for the launch of Steam’s first AO rated game, Hatred, Twitch has decided to update its code of conduct to prevent the streaming of such titles; no AO rated games are to be streamed on Twitch, end of story.

Before this update, games tended to be banned when they popped up but now, the problem is being killed at the root;

"If a game’s US version is rated Adults Only by the ESRB, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch. However, ESRB rated Mature versions of Adults Only titles are permitted for streaming, such as Mature versions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy."

"Games rated 18+ by other rating systems are fine to stream, so long as they are not rated AO by the ESRB, and they don’t violate the standard language of our RoC and ToS."

"While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games inall territories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.”

Hatred itself will be released on Steam come the 1st of June.

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