Twitch Dress Code Requires, Y’know, Dressing

The Mount Your Friends cast themselves are exempt

FADE IN:

INT. TWITCH HQ – EVENING

A fledgling Twitch streamer is preparing for a date with their regular audience. Twitch HQ notices them about to start broadcasting and decides to intervene.

TWITCH
Streamer get in here.

STREAMER
What’s up Twitch-daddy?

TWITCH
What the hell is that?

STREAMER
A dress!

TWITCH
Says who?

STREAMER
Calvin Klein.

TWITCH
It looks like underwear, go upstairs and put something over it.

STREAMER
Duh, I was just going to…

FADE OUT.

THE END

And by that we mean broadcasting service Twitch has added a dressing appropriately section to its rules of conduct to clarify what is and isn’t acceptable attire for people using the site to stream games.

“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.”

The explanation offered in this section of the rules is “let’s try and keep this about the games, shall we?” It feels like an effort to clamp down on those channels where the host’s state of undress was perhaps more of a draw than the game being played. FYI game characters are allowed to be in the nuddy but that can’t be the main focus of the game or the stream.

Twitch didn’t actually go the Clueless screenplay route with their update (MORE’S THE PITY), although they did explain that ripped gentlemen should confine their bare six-packs to “the beach during a 2-on-2 volleyball game blasting ‘Playing with the Boys.'”

74 Comments

  1. shinygerbil says:

    I think all pictures on all websites should have angry annotations and arrows drawn over them in MS Paint. It’s incontrovertible proof of the facts!

    • X_kot says:

      Pip has seriously upped the alt text game around here with her Paint annotations.

  2. Dijeangenie says:

    No more sexually suggestive pasties guys :((

  3. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    The tyranny of trousers continues.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Victorian morality is victorius.

    • Ross Angus says:

      You, Sir, should cover that pate of yours in a stout Stovetop hat. There are children present.

  4. arboreal says:

    I’ve obviously been doing pasties wrong.

    Edit: and late to parties too.

  5. DantronLesotho says:

    I knew I should have paid more attention to Twitch when I had the chance!

    • gabrielonuris says:

      You can try, you know, the good old porn. There are sites explicitly targeted to this service, we don’t need this kind of material on a game streaming site.

      • Faxmachinen says:

        You can take your wholesome American family values and shove them up your arse. Games are not primarily for kids, not have they been for quite some time.

        When Google bought and worsened Youtube it was for an understandable cause (i.e. greed). But this dress code fascism is just baffling.

        • HauntedQuiche says:

          I’ll be honest I… don’t see the issue here.

          Crying that its about stupid ‘american family values’ just seems silly to me. Cam girls/guys were essentially using Twitch as a way to access a new audience. Fair play to them, and hope they have good luck in the future but it really isn’t what Twitch is for.

          I don’t have any issues with the performers trying this, but I also don’t have any issue with Twitch deciding they’d rather they didn’t.

        • Raiyne says:

          Yes games aren’t primarily for kids, and twitch isn’t primarily for sexually suggestive live-camming, with some gaming on the side. It’s not hard to understand. Aside from the usual broadcast studios or pro gamers and personalities, you see a whole bunch of women with their face cams and cleavage. They take up viewers and push down the other streamers, many of whom genuinely do try to make their gaming broadcast interesting. It’s entirely reasonable for twitch to want to curb down on this trend.

        • AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

          You can complain that Twitch will no longer let you dress sexy while gaming, or you can rush to claim the newly opened market of sexy webcam shows in which the host games. I feel those channels will be a lot less antagonistic to vidya gamin than Twitch will be to bare six-packs.

      • fish99 says:

        ‘We’ is you and….?

  6. yogibbear says:

    Awww… the only reason I watched Twitch streams was for the sexy low cut tops and Catwoman costumes and certainly not for watching the games in motion because so many reviews fail to show off the actual gameplay vs. review glossy colourful screenshots that are pure BS… :( Am angry now so I will play my games instead. Wait, this was really a problem?

    • Canazza says:

      Yes, it is: link to twitch.tv (note, that once they start enforcing it, this page will likely change)

      Boobs… boobs everywhere.

      • yogibbear says:

        Wow OK I’ve been watching the wrong streams. EDIT: Actually so I went and clicked on a few of these and the images are all LIES! (Clickbait) E.g. bikini stream was actually wearing a t-shirt that has a fake bikini… Dancing girl one was her wearing a fat suit. I think this is BS, oh well goes back to watching Na’Vi beat Empire after Dendi died to Roshan.

      • bleeters says:

        I don’t know what my reaction to scrolling through that page should be, but I’m going to go with laughter.

        • Distec says:

          The best part is scrolling a few pages down and seeing Terry Crews with his horny expression in one of the video previews, amidst the sea of boobs.

        • statistx says:

          Oh nooo! Now they have to rely on…you know…being entertaining instead!

          I never even saw one of those channels. I usually twitch-follow people I know from Youtube or other streamers

      • zontax says:

        I kinda get why they created these guidelines now. They probably want the most popular content to be the best video’s on the site and not the video’s with the nicest breasts.

        • Faxmachinen says:

          You mean they want the “best” videos where “best” is as defined by a minority group for whom cleave is terrifying? Because it seems pretty clear what the majority consider best.

        • Comrade Roe says:

          What if the best are the best because of absurd cleavage?

      • instantcoffe says:

        Sooooo, Twitch is basically Chaturbate but with games being played in the background? Amazing!

      • fish99 says:

        TBH nothing shown there is likely to breach these new rules.

      • Jambe says:

        Nice cleavage on display. Ahem.

        Not one lovely man-chest, though? I wasn’t even expecting oiled up beefcake or hairy beary delight, but not even a single bared chest?

        For shame, men of Twitch. For shame.

        • statistx says:

          Well, bear_hugs got into twitch trouble cause he went barechest (bearchest?) with leather straps.

      • jrodman says:

        I’m disappointed. Their policy made me expect to see plenty of six-pack abs, but there were none. Censorship!

  7. Richeh says:

    I’m appalled that I only found out that pastie – gaming is a thing through Twitch banning it.

    How long before LiveJasmin starts a game streaming channel where everyone’s nude?

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    RaveTurned says:

    No undergarments? Well, that’s gonna chafe.

  9. Wulfram says:

    “Wearing […] sexually suggestive clothing – including […] undergarments – is prohibited”

    So you’re officially required to go commando while streaming?

    • SominiTheCommenter says:

      As long as you wear a tank top under those shtogun shell bandoliers…

  10. vecordae says:

    As long as the camera can zoom in on my pants-clad man-danglies, slowly, over the course of an hour long broadcast, I think my stream will be fine.

  11. satan says:

    No more LoL cosplay on twitch?

  12. Press X to Gary Busey says:

    The pokemon fish is still showing full frontal fish stick!
    Won’t somebody please think of the Australians!?

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    Hodge says:

    I notice that they don’t mention sidekinis in the list of banned garments, so that might serve as a (*COUGH*) loophole for people wanting to get around it.

  14. McCool says:

    I say go with full-on formal wear. Strictly black tie. The internet is serious business after all.

  15. FlopsyTheBloodGod says:

    From this day forth “Twitch-daddy” has to become a running gag.*

    *as opposed to a sitting down gag, which I bet they’ll ban

  16. ghling says:

    “We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.”
    Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO, after the deal with amazon.

    Are 2 months a long or a short time to recognize the blatant lies in those after-deal-PR?

    • Martel says:

      You’re assuming this isn’t what they meant

      • pepperfez says:

        The apparently sincere prudery of bigtime tech guys is pretty fascinating.
        e: I mean, they’re saying you need to be more dressed to play video games than to walk down the street.

        • Kaeoschassis says:

          Well, to be fair, they’re saying you need to be more dressed to play videogames in a live online broadcast than to walk down the street. It’s not quite the same thing, I guess?

          I don’t think I’m going to actually take sides here though, I’ll just be over here tittering childishly.

    • statistx says:

      Well, at least they still accept nudity in video games as long as it is not the focus aka porngame.
      Not like Youtube, where you can get your vid deleted (or worse) if you stumble upon a cutscene with a stripper in it and forget to censor it.

  17. Jamesworkshop says:

    link to youtube.com

    tooo bad no big sexy bellies anymore

  18. Viroso says:

    Oh man, video games.

  19. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    You’re doing great, Pip!

  20. Sian says:

    I’m already annoyed by everyone sticking a facecam in their videos/streams – really unnecessary in my opinion – so I didn’t even know playing in various states of undressed was a thing. Looking back it was kind of inevitable, though.

    It does remind me of the replygirls thing on YouTube or whatever they were called.

  21. huldu says:

    They should start banning females that have the camera AIMED at their cleavage *cough* kaceytron. I always get pissed off watching that woman. Women talk about sexism, but I guess it’s all fine and dandy while you’re making money from it.

    • huldu says:

      I forgot to add, how would it look if a guy had a camera aimed at his crotch(while still seeing some of his face), wearing tight pants so you can see the outlining of his penis? That’d be allowed as well wouldn’t it? I honestly can’t see that being any different from a camera aimed at your cleavage.

      • Wulfram says:

        Sounds like that would need impressive camera work, or a very impressive penis

        • vecordae says:

          Or be 1980’s David Bowie from the movie Labyrinth.

          • Kaeoschassis says:

            Don’t you start on Labyrinth. I’ll take you on. I’ll take you ALL ON!

    • fish99 says:

      You ‘always’ get pissed off? That suggests you keep going back for more. You could just not watch. Honestly kaceytron is pretty entertaining once you get the joke.

    • gunslingerfry says:

      Every cause has it’s detractors. Just because a segment of women act and behave poorly doesn’t make the cause of the greater majority of the gender any less important or less worthwhile. Redirect the anger where it belongs: at those people, not the gender.

  22. OscarWilde1854 says:

    Finally! No more cleavage deafness! This is a serious medical condition in which I can’t hear a damn word coming out of these women’s mouths because there is to much cleavage in my face!

    Now their intelligence and inner beauty can shine out and draw in crowds and crowds of serious gamers looking to watch mindful banter on the provocative GAMEPLAY!

    RPS should adopt a similar policy! These squiggly meat coloured aliens are a serious distraction from the comments!

    /*This is aimed at the OBVIOUSLY ridiculous women who have nothing going for their streams other than breasts… NOT a commentary on women on Twitch as a whole..*/

  23. Radiant says:

    Whaaaaat?
    Throws pasty in the bin.

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    Phasma Felis says:

    I’m about as okay with this as I am with “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rules in restaurants. Which is to say, not much fussed at all.

  25. statistx says:

    I don’t get it.
    I mean yeah, big boobs, “Ok God, you had some extras left”, but most of those giant boob monsters are more like “Ok Girl, you had some extra snacks”, often with no personality at all.

    On a sidenote: I regularily watch a female streamer who doesn’t even use a webcam, just cause she’s funny and entertaining.

  26. MobileAssaultDuck says:

    This is likely in response to a handful of porn stars who realized they could make more money streaming games in a v-neck than they could in the industry at the moment.

    Pirating, free vid sites, and a rise in amateur porn has made professional porn a much less lucrative business. Combined with California recently passing laws requiring condom use during porn shoots, a large chunk of the industry has been forced to branch out.

  27. frightlever says:

    Any clothing can be sexually suggestive, depending on your kink.