Twitch Drops PS4 Playroom Content From Its Directory
One of the very cool things about PS4 and Xbox One is that you can stream content via Twitch in a simple and fast manner but it’s a service of privilege not something you’re guaranteed. In other words, abuse it and you can say goodbye to it. TWitch has most definitely been abused by a small few users with some very suspect content being streamed from PS4’s Playroom.
Perhaps the best (or worst?) example of this abuse is when a couple unexpectedly starting having sex on their Twitch stream. Suddenly a simple stream of a couple playing around with Playroom turned into porn.
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In response, Twitch has taken streams making use of Playroom out of rotation. “We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related,” a Twitch representative told Game Informer via email. “We will look into adding it back as PS4 owners become more familiar with the games-only focus of Twitch content. In the meantime, you can view all of the amazing gameplay from PS4 broadcasters in this directory page on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/directory/all/ps4.”
It’s a very tricky situation that Twitch is in but this seems like it might be a feasible solution. These people are looking for attention so taking the spotlight off them might work. It’s only a matter of time before this happens with Xbox One too, possibly. As such platform holders and the service providers need to step up on monitoring.
The sad thing is that a small fraction of users are ruining the service for all those who are producing fun and interesting content. One Playroom stream even got the attention of Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida and Andrew House.
People are always looking to push boundaries and often enough in bad taste but they don’t realise that their actions could lead to detrimental consequences. It’s unlikely that Twitch streaming will be pulled from PS4 or Xbox One but it is a possibility if inappropriate content persists.