The Playroom (Credit: Sony)
The innocuous free game that comes installed with every PlayStation 4 has been a haven for inappropriate content on the live streaming site in the early days of the console. Twitch decided to cut its losses quickly.
"We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related," the company told Polygon. "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."
Twitch, as a service, is designed to only stream games, though its optimism about users resisting the urge to use the service as a personal broadcast service when given the opportunity is refreshing (if a bit naive). Because The Playroom revolves around augmented reality, users are able to show themselves on camera, as opposed to a game like Call of Duty, which only shows the in-game action.
Abuses of The Playroom streaming came to light this past weekend as the service began banning several members, including a couple who exposed themselves while streaming a play session of the game.
Another banned user got the boot not for showing body parts, but for hosting an impromptu call-in show to auction off their PS3. Members of the NeoGaf forum report having seen others PS4 users brandish guns and perform sex acts during live streams.
Sony's the first to experience these sorts of issues, but Microsoft may have to deal with them soon. Next year, the Xbox One will start offering streaming game services. Couple that with the ever-watching eye of Kinect and it could spell trouble.
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