A gamepad is pictured as a screen displays the online Twitch plateform in Toulouse, southwestern France, on June 15, 2021. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Rules Every Twitch Streamer Has To Follow
Keep Clothes On
The Twitch Community Guidelines read, "Nudity and sexually explicit content or activities, such as pornography, sexual acts or intercourse, and sexual services, are prohibited." Bans are considered based on how suggestive the content is — like if it has a "focus on breasts, buttocks, or pelvic region, including poses that deliberately highlight these elements."
Respect the DMCA
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violations are one of the most common reasons for bans on Twitch, stopping streamers from producing content with copyrighted material in it. DMCA warnings upset streamers during 2021 after Twitch started deleting streamer broadcasts without any warning because of so-called DMCA strikes.
No Violence
Twitch doesn’t tolerate violence outside of video games, even when it's not against another person. "Twitch does not allow content that glorifies, promotes, or encourages self-harm," Twitch writes in its guidelines. "We also prohibit activity that may endanger your life, lead to your physical harm, or encourage others to engage in physically harmful behavior."
Double Streaming
Twitch doesn't allow simultaneous streaming because it believes "engaging with two streams at once can lead to a sub-optimal experience for your community." Partners can immediately start livestreaming to a bigger platform like YouTube or Facebook once their Twitch stream ends, and short-form livestreaming on Tiktok, Instagram, and similar apps is still allowed.
No More Gambling
After streamers called for a ban on gambling, Twitch announced it would be prohibiting the streaming of "gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games that aren't licensed either in the U.S. or other jurisdictions," and the ban went live on October 18, 2022. It also explicitly named Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com in its prohibited sites list.