Twitch obviously changed ever since Amazon bought the website and added a new category called IRL or In Real Life. This itself has to be one of the most controversial categories on the website. Nothing else comes close to how much drama it has unfolded as well as making an impact on Twitch’s Terms and Agreement. A lot of streamers have been banned and criticized from this category alone, be it the streamers doing consistent IRL broadcasts or those in the gaming categories talking ill about certain people in the non-gaming genre.
It is true: Twitch is the biggest live stream platform right now, especially for video games. Let’s Plays became more interactive, more engaging and more thrilling ever since the launch of the website back in 2011. It was a haven for all of us who loved to watch our friends walk through a singleplayer game and for a lot of us who would go to the arcade to see who’s who that is battling on the Street Fighter 3rd Strike machine. What’s not to love about Twitch? You got streamers calling out your name, you get to watch live and you had that feeling of trust towards the person in camera. Twitch was the pioneer when it came to gaming, and with people willing to donate money to the streamers, this leads lots of heads turning towards such website.
Gamers and non-gamers alike suddenly became intrigued by the thought of having just to play video games into becoming a profitable business. It’s pretty much living the dream—remember when parents keep on saying that video games are just a waste of time and nothing good comes out of it? Well, fast forward to the Twitch years, it has become a source of income that can sustain a family. Playing games and getting paid. What’s not to love?
Let’s just be honest here; ever since Twitch became mainstream, a lot of non-gamers suddenly called themselves “gamers” now. I’m talking about the live streamers who present themselves in scantily clad clothing—the ones that show off their cleavages while playing a big-name title such as Call of Duty or Halo. Girls that, for some reason, always play on console, wear heavy make up and have to make sure that their rack is seen enough while wearing tight clothing.
I will not sugarcoat this: these streamers have definitely ruined the good side of Twitch. They have lured countless viewers into giving them money just for being attractive or even manipulate them into saying such things as “I will get naked if I reach ___ amount of dollars” or “I’ll send nudes if I get that knife in CSGO.” What used to be a wholesome website became fractured with a side of streamers that encourage smut and voyeurism. Twitch is a site for gaming, not for ogling at tits for 5 hours.
And when the IRL section came into existence, suddenly these women have dropped their gaming channels in favor of just…well, talking in front of the camera while wearing something that will please the crowd or sitting/positioning “unintentionally” to protrude more of their boobs or butts.
This lead to an outcry of a lot of streamers—ones that worked hard, ones that invested so much money into making quality gameplay and interaction with the crowd. The followers of these streamers felt the same thing and have become aggressive against these “titty streamers” as well as other male streamers who defend these women. This suddenly has caused so much drama in the world of Twitch, having lots of streamers suddenly go into IRL to vent out their issues.
Not only that, but advertisers have begun pulling out of the channel because they feel some streamers’ attitudes and the way they talk do not match the overall product they market. Suddenly, there was censorship within the streamers.
Twitch, as a response, changed the format to their terms and agreement—they cannot swear into very demeaning manners such as calling someone “autistic” or telling someone to “kill yourself” even if it was done in a sarcastic way unless they and the person they pointed out have agreed that it was all just a joke.
Streamers are also responsible for keeping their followers behave and prevent them from causing drama to other Twitch streamers. They are also not allowed to say anything against other streamers at all. Everyone had to be quiet if they had opinions about other streamers.
You may think this is good, but honestly, it’s not. Twitch was always the anti-hero or the bad-ass brother of YouTube, being care-free from the corporate world and bad society itself. But as it turns out, Twitch’s new terms and agreement actually gave these titty streamers and fake players their own safe space, while the ones who do work hard have been banished. Not to mention, a lot of streamers cannot be themselves anymore or they face the wrath of getting banned.
You think Tyler1 or SodaPoppin were notorious as they are already? You should have them seen them before the Twitch change. They were more savage and people loved that. Same with a lot of others even including Summit1G.
Twitch is still good as a gaming live stream website. It’s just that it has become divided, separating real viewers and actual gamers to fake hoes and gaming pretenders. At this point, there is nothing anyone can do, as long as Amazon has full control over what happens to the website. I wouldn’t be surprised if something like YouTube’s “adpocalypse” happens to Twitch.