Twitch, the online streaming platform, is no longer allowing games that are rated "Adults Only" to be streamed across its service. In an a recent blog post written by the company, it states: "simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch."Furthermore, the blog post continued to talk about about how Twitch had previously made decisions specifically based on which games can and cannot be streamed across its service. "Sometimes due to overtly sexual content, sometimes due to gratuitous violence. This is unsustainable and unclear, generating only further confusion among Twitch broadcasters. We would like to make this policy as transparent as possible."
According to Polygon, Twitch said it is updating its rules of conduct for this new policy and to create a more safe and welcoming environment for viewers and streamers across the community. Twitch also said that it wants everyone to "have fun" and "feel comfortable."
There are only a small handful of titles, 26 in fact, that are rated by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) which have an "Adults Only" (AO) rating. Titles are given this rating for things like showing sexually explicit material. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is one of them.
The platform announced three games that will be banned due to the AO rating: Manhunt 2, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy: Director's Cut and the new upcoming game Hatred. Additionally, due to their content, games like BMX XXX, Sakura Spirit and Second Life, are banned from being streamed across Twitch also.