Here's how Microsoft is tackling potential Xbox One Twitch abuse

Microsoft forms dedicated internal team focused exclusively on maintaining the integrity of the Twitch experience.

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Shortly after the PlayStation 4's launch in November, some gamers decided to use the system's PlayRoom app to engage in some less-than-appropriate behavior and broadcast it to the world using Twitch. Now that Twitch streaming has a start-date for Xbox One--March 11--will history repeat itself on Microsoft's console?

Though it's impossible to escape the reality that bad apples exist, Xbox Wire editor Lisa Gurry says Microsoft has put the right pieces in place to weed out funny business.

"We are incredibly committed to making sure that the Twitch experience on Xbox One is focused on gameplay and really created for gamers to have a safe, secure, and fun environment in which to share their gameplay," Gurry told GameSpot today.

To that end, Microsoft's Xbox team has established a dedicated squad of moderators focused exclusively on maintaining the integrity of the Twitch experience. This is in addition to the in-house moderation team at Twitch.

"So we have a dedicated team of moderators both at Xbox and at Twitch that will be reviewing reports, will be ensuring that the stream contains content that is appropriate for our audience; and that we are really doing our very best work in conjunction with Twitch to protect the state of the stream," Gurry said.

Twitch's Rules of Conduct specifically state that its team of moderators can suspend any person's account at any time for any activity they deem inappropriate or harmful. Behaviors that could lead to suspension include drinking excessively or endangering yourself during a stream, performing sexual acts, breaking the law, or using hate speech. And let's not forget: Twitch was created with video games in mind. If your channel's primary focus is not gaming content, you run the risk of having your account suspended.

Game streaming through Twitch goes live on March 11, the same day that Titanfall comes to Xbox One. Twitch for Xbox One includes a number of features not included in the PS4 version. In addition to Kinect support for voice commands ("Xbox, Broadcast"), Twitch on Xbox One will allow you to watch streams from any destination, whether that be someone playing League of Legends on PC or The Last of Us on the PlayStation 3. The app also allows you to watch archived content from other Twitch channels.

Discussion

112 comments
dbene
dbene

When will either machine be able to put videos straight to Youtube?


I like making guitar videos with my Xbone Kinect but now only fellow Xbone users can see this

kusto1891
kusto1891

lets just say a gamer had his ps4 bought for him and cant afford a 1080p tv like alit of underaged games. cant he still play in 1080p?

thomasn7
thomasn7

I bet the Xbox One Twitch streams will look way better than the PS4's streams.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Can't wait to show my mates what gaming can really mean... Hope I can introduce a lot of them to some new genres and experiences like The Witcher 3 or what not.. Should be fun! 

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

If there's anything this new gen of consoles has taught me, it's Ustream > Twitch. They're just a bunch of uptight nerds

thefriendlydude
thefriendlydude

well there goes my plan to broadcast giving myself oral pleasure. :(

mr_nee
mr_nee

aaaaand somehow they decided to put TITanfall video into this article

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

it's a shame for xbone owners to be censored from their users who are in the nude displaying their disgusting glory at 1080p 60fps video.

i think it was the only thing the xbone could do in full HD

wookiegr
wookiegr

I wouldn't have to worry about getting my account banned. If I exposed myself people would just assume it was my water heater in front me and change the channel.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

I wish they would monitor Playroom on the PS4 a bit more.  Although not common, some people like to get nekid' on Playroom, particularly on the weekends.

Oh.... and they're NOT supermodels.

deathstream
deathstream

This is the one time that having everything behind a paywall is actually a good thing.  If you start posting sex, you have a nice single player paperweight and if you wanted an SP paperweight, you'd have bought a PS4.  

virtualskill
virtualskill

Do people actually broadcast sexual acts on twitch ?? X_x

fetuskid
fetuskid

this game is too japanese for our market.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Haha new service that allows Twitch on Xbox for the first time and they are actually anticipating abuse. 

Welcome to the internet everyone, pick your weapon and helmet of choice on your left as you make your way to the arena.

fetuskid
fetuskid

Is this about human-riding mechs?

sammoth
sammoth

@dbene Save to Skydrive. Go to a PC and upload from Skydrive PC. Upload to Youtube.

themc_7
themc_7

@kusto1891  Is this a serious question? If you put a potato in a $10,000 oven, the best you're gonna get is a potato. It doesn't matter how good your oven is. So if your PS4 is sending 1080p video to your TV that is 480p, the best your gonna get is 480p

themc_7
themc_7

@leakingdogmilk  I don't even know what to say to that. Just wow. I too was confused and stupid in grade 7.

cheeckybit
cheeckybit

@leakingdogmilk oh look, we have another useless shitty human being here. Another useless scum of the community. 

xdluffy
xdluffy

Looks like one of our twitch abusers has surfaced lol god theyre a classy bunch them sony droids! Whats to bet this loser is a virgin too

xdluffy
xdluffy

Atleast we'll have games to stream lol you guys must be tired of twitching resogun vids hence the abuse :)

hystavito
hystavito

@BelaidKL  What kinds of games do your friends play?


My friends really don't game, and would never watch a stream of me playing a game.  In fact, one of my friends makes fun of me frequently for watching other people play games, which he considers stupid :).  Well in his defense, he does often specifically call out the fact that I spend more time watching others play games than I do playing them myself :).

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@istuffedsunny  

Until Ustream gets members that are like on those Twitch.

Then we will see what your preferences change to. ;)

wookiegr
wookiegr

@IndremaLover  People are always doing stuff on there, mostly smoking weed and drinking. The nudy stuff gets terminated within moments of it happening. There are some pretty sophisticated analytics going on to prevent this sort of activity. It's a shame it even exists actually because kids and teenagers are clearly doing drugs and other things their parent know nothing about yet the rest of the world does.


It's terrifying watching twitch and witnessing what goes on in the livings rooms of people from all over the world. It make me lose hope in humanity sometimes.

warrenx1
warrenx1

@deathstream  LOL wut, id rather have a ps4 where i don't have to pay to use a service i have to sub for too

deathstream
deathstream

@virtualskill  


A guy streamed himself as he stripped his passed out wife on camera shortly after the PS4 launch.

XxAK47xX
XxAK47xX

@jameston80 @leakingdogmilk  alright chief, cuff-em up. we are going downtown. where you're going is a place where people  will do anything to get attention and get out. 

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Ironic I thought most of the livestreams on the ps4 were in 480p..

dbene
dbene

@hystavito @BelaidKL  


I don't get it either. I have limited time to play games, so i want to play them and not watch some dudes pseudo attempt at silly humor while he goes around shooting people on Call of Duty.

xdluffy
xdluffy

Husband of the year much

obsequies
obsequies

@deathstream @virtualskill  lol world never fails me

ffritzy
ffritzy

@BlackBaldwin  twitch doesn't even run 1080p for bandwidth reasons that would cost more for twitch to show a random amateur off.