Twitch.tv is a gaming website, and being tied to Justin.tv as it's gaming section, we do tend to get a mixture of non-gaming content that does not fit on the site. Some of these can pass the filter as being allowed by a few factors, and others should technically be moved back. I am making this post to help clear the line between what we do, and what we do not approve.
Acceptable Non-gaming content
Some non-gaming content still does fit to what we want for twitch. Here are some of the following mitigating factors of things we will allow to stay on twitch.
- Gaming to Non-gaming ratio. If a user has a gaming stream, which mostly consists of gaming content, but also does some non gaming content such as a podcast without anything gaming related, or a "social cast" of only them on the stream, answer friends and fans questions or just generally chatting, this is acceptable.
Gaming personalities. If a user of our site is related to gaming, or the gaming industry (reviewer or developer) they can stream otherwise completely non gaming content. Such as "social casts" with them on camera only talking, with no understandable ratio of gaming to non-gaming content. We feel as if their presence alone as a reviewer or developer is gaming related enough to fit on twitch.
Un-acceptable non-gaming content
Some content in general we do not accept. The following are some easy examples.
- Anime, TV shows, Movies, etc. In some cultures, such as Japan, Anime and Gaming are interchangable. this is not the case on twitch. Anime is the same type of content as any other TV show. Since this is not game play, it does not fit on Twitch.tv or Justin.tv's gaming section. We recommend people use separate channels to stream such drastically different content, and assign them to the correct justin.tv category. You may also take into consideration the copyright laws, explained in this post.
- Non-gaming content that overshadows gaming content. Some users on twitch who seem to not produce anything gaming related may be moved out of twitch. This includes, but is not limited to music/radio streams and non-gaming social casts.
More examples may be added later as they come up, but these are the major points I would like to get across within this post.
If any user refuses to properly categorize their content, either when requested that they move it, or by moving their content back multiple times after being moved out of twitch.tv after multiple warnings, we may respond by closing the account entirely. Please do not ignore requests of the administrators and staff.
Please post all questions in response to this thread, or the policy section.