Big Changes Coming To Twitch’s Terms of Service

If you’re a gamer, then there is a good chance you’re well aware of what Twitch is. A popular platform for people playing video games, they can then stream themselves and their gameplay to viewers worldwide.

However, one of the bigger issues that has been plaguing the website for years is the vagueness of rules. That plans to change soon as Twitch recently released a full list of changes coming to the Terms of Service and rules for the streaming platform.

Among these rules is a tougher crack down on harassment and bullying. Streamers using the platform to make certain types of viewers feel welcomed will receive temporary or potentially even permanent bans.

Another big change is the enforcement of stopping sexual content from appearing on the site. Not long ago, Twitch faced backlash for being an Amazon owned website yet had certain female streamers performing questionable acts on camera. However, Twitch’s new guidelines appear to try to stifle these types of streamers stating they’ll be monitoring, “stream title, camera angles, emotes, panels, attire, overlays, and chat moderation. Offering access to prohibited sexual content such as “lewds” on Twitch remains prohibited.”

These changes are planned to go into effect this March, but some that use the platform have questioned just how much the rules will be enforced as Twitch has had a vague aura around the rules in the past. Just how much these changes will effect Twitch remains to be seen, but only time will tell.

Social Gaming’s Twitch

In the past decade video game broadcasting has become a global phenomenon and new form of entertainment for millions of people all over the world. There’s no better evidence of this than the massive growth of the video game broadcasting website Twitch. Twitch has grown into one of the biggest online entertainment destinations in the world, giving video game fans everywhere a place to watch their favorite games and streamers. But Twitch was created to cater to more “core” gamers and wasn’t originally very concerned with its social features. Two former Apple executives saw that as an opportunity to build a product with a much more social focus.

Meet Caffeine

Caffeine, a game streaming service co-created by former Apple executive Ben Keighran, launched a new game broadcasting service that looks to battle Twitch and offer a more social, user friendly alternative to the established video game streaming service. The company hopes their platform attracts new user through it’s simplified broadcast process and ease of use, making it more appealing to content creators and viewers alike. It also features a wide range of social features, allowing viewers to interact with streamers and content in new and exciting ways. The company hopes these additional features help it compete with the massive success of Twitch and find a niche among viewers who want more social elements in their video game streaming experience.