Twitch Disables PS4 Playroom Streaming - The UpStream

Twitch Disables PS4 Playroom Streaming

posted Saturday Nov 30, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Twitch Disables PS4 Playroom Streaming

While the premise of The Playroom on the PlayStation 4 seems innocuous, it is officially the first title in the next generation console world to be banned from Twitch. The ban comes from a series of incidents that somehow Sony and Twitch were not prepared for, but anyone who has ever spent more than 5 minutes on the Internet knew was coming: porn.

All you need to do is give people access to the Internet, a camera and the ability to broadcast their living room and the end result is always porn. Unfortunately, those are the ingredients that came together through the PlayStation 4 and The Playroom. Within moments of launch, the game was used exactly for this purpose, followed almost immediately by a reminder from Twitch what the purpose of the streaming service was.

Now, you know as well as I do that the type of people who would get naked on PlayStation on launch day are not exactly the type of people to read legal notices. As such, the problem persisted and Twitch felt the need to remove access to the game.

We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related. 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.

The good news is that, if you are interested in viewing The Playroom streams, you will still have that ability through Ustream, though we all know you won't be able to tell what is happening and when things get good it will cut to a commercial.

Twitch has left the door open for the return of The Playroom streaming on their service. My guess is, however, with such a strict code of content for the site, we will not see this title return.

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