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The Playroom Has Been Completely Removed from Twitch's Directory

Posted by Kell Andersen

This is why we can't have nice things

In what can only be described as a virtual slap on the wrist, video game streaming service Twitch has removed The Playroom from its directory. The move comes soon after the company's pledge to stamp out any lewd behaviour on the service, and is undoubtedly a reaction to the plethora of non-gaming related streams. One example of this burgeoning trend is nightly call-in program The Spartan Show, which makes particularly innovative use of the augmented reality title.

In a statement to, Twitch said: "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." Ouch.

This is clearly a case of a few errant rogues ruining the fun for everyone, but the streaming service obviously takes this issue very seriously, and has decided that removing The Playroom completely will ultimately be easier than curating the content being broadcast. Do you think that this is a necessary measure, or are these strict policies making you twitch? Play around in the comments section below.


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User Comments (13)



get2sammyb said:

This sucks, but I absolutely don't blame Twitch for doing it. Like you say in the article, this is yet another instance of a handful of idiots ruining things for everyone. :(



Sanquine said:

Thanks people, some people need to show boobs of drunken passed out woman or someone take the playroom to seriously ( stabing with a knife against the robots)



Bliquid said:

Darn, so what am i supposed to do with my useless (non existent) PS4?
They pulled a Nintendo, here, but i don't blame'em either.



Epic said:

Great, the creative idea of gaming discussions while using play room when to the trash bin just because of this.
I kinda hate when people hamper this ways of creativity with such leuds acts, its really a shame.



Ginkgo said:

Very sad.

Twitch probably had to in order to make a point. You abuse, you lose. I assume they will try again down the track and hope people take their rules seriously next time.



PMasterTy9 said:

I think they might add it back once we get to live stream to YouTube since YouTube is not a gaming website and they really don't care what is added to it. Too bad Ustream sucks.



charlesnarles said:

lol wow, great use of a state-of-the-art gaming console. But if this is the world now, which it clearly is, then all we can do is blame ourselves. I don't think Nintendo or Sony meant to proliferate lewdness, but c'mon duh guys!



Paranoimia said:

"This is clearly a case of a few errant rogues ruining the fun for everyone" - and that's the problem with online gaming in general, be it spawn camping, verbal abuse, playing music over the headset, having a screaming baby in the background, eating/chewing loudly while playing, or any number of other things.

I understand it's not really practical, but it's a shame Sony and Microsoft can't be as quick to suspend/ban actual PSN/Live accounts when things like this come to light (well, the various forms of abuse, at least). It would make the whole experience better for everyone.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I can't blame them for this since Twitch streaming is supposed to be a relatively safe and unpoliced environment that ANYONE has access to. People comparing it to Nintendo are ignoring the facts entirely. Still a shame it had to come to this, but that's what happens when you give human beings freedom nowadays.



odd69 said:

Dude i havent even got my hands on a ps4 and they are stripping features from it. WOW. This pisses me right off.

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