Twitch cracking down on non-gaming livestreams from PS4 users

Moderators for game streaming service Twitch are cracking down on PlayStation 4 owners who are misusing the new console's ability to stream content on the site with its Playroom feature.

Since the launch of the PS4, a number of users have made use of the Playroom feature to stream off-topic and occasionally lewd content, Kotaku reports. Playroom, a free title for the system, lets users film themselves in their living room using the PlayStation Camera as they appear to interact with on-screen objects in the real world.

A series of tweets from Twitch support highlight the company's moderating rules, following the apparent misuse of the feature.

"FYI: We continue to moderate according to our Terms of Service. Non-gaming content is not allowed," reads one tweet. "Non-gaming content (c): If using PS4 Playroom, the content must be about games or gaming and within our ToS. Thanks for understanding."

A statement sent to Kotaku from the company reads: "As Twitch continues to attract new broadcasters, we want to keep our terms of service top of mind and reiterate we are a destination for video game-related content. We also have a team, supported by a predominantly positive minded community, that works around the clock to ensure our TOS is being adhered to. It is at the discretion of our partners to determine which Twitch features are integrated into their hardware and software."

Playroom livestreams can be viewed both on Twitch and through the PS4 on its Live from PlayStation app.

Polygon has reached out to Twitch with regards to possible changes to its Terms of Service in light of this misuse.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.



Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.