Twitch has more than two million unique monthly broadcasters, all of whom will have to abide by the new rules
Twitch has more than two million unique monthly broadcasters, all of whom will have to abide by the new rules

‘Bikini streamers’ banned for being too sexy

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 live-stream video games - now has a strict dress code that will come into effect later this month, replied The Sun.

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 video games with very little clothing on.

More than 355 billion minutes of video were watched on video game streaming site Twitch in 2017 — some of which was of a sexual nature
More than 355 billion minutes of video were watched on video game streaming site Twitch in 2017 — some of which was of a sexual nature

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 channel 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.

Amazon, which bought Twitch into 2014 for $970 million, is scrubbing sexual content from the website
Amazon, which bought Twitch into 2014 for $970 million, is scrubbing sexual content from the website

"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 a shopping centre.

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

This story first appeared on The Sun.

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