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PS4 Playroom Channels Pulled Following String of Twitch Terms of Service Violations

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Posted on November 27, 2013 AT 10:53am

Following issues concerning inappropriate behavior and non-gaming content being streamed from the PS4’s Playroom via Twitch, the company has temporarily removed channels streaming from the service.

“We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related,” Twitch said in a statement. “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 director page on Twitch.”

Earlier this week, Twitch began aggressively moderating content coming out of Playroom after a series of livestreams that did not adhere to the company’s Terms of Service gained notoriety, including a husband and wife consuming alcohol in access and performing lewd actions over livestream.

As someone on Reddit pointed out earlier this week, part of the problem stems from the absence of any notification when first signing on to Playroom about the content that is and isn’t acceptable, particularly the need for content to be videogame-related. Of course, one could argue that—in the extreme cases of, say, sexual acts being performed live through Playroom—common sense could (and should) be applied.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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