The creator of Yandere Simulator, known as YandereDev, has released a video entitled A Warning To All Game Developers, in an apparent effort to re-examine the possible causes behind his game being banned from Twitch streaming as of one year ago. In the video, he elaborates on multiple theories and explores the possible merits of each, having had over a year of the game being banned to think about and consider possible solutions to the matter.
During the video, YandereDev references a post on the Twitch Blog by VP of Developer Success Kathy Astromoff entitled: When in doubt, ask your broadcasters. He specifically draws attention to one particular section:
First, we hold that games are art — uniquely personal expressions of alternate worldviews. We have exactly zero interest in telling game creators what content should/not be in your games.
From YandereDev’s perspective, this statement seems to confuse him as it appears to re-enforce the notion that Twitch has very specific criteria for banning games and is not interested in banning large sections of the potential video gaming catalog without clearly defined rules to enforce their decisions. While it is still unclear as to the cause of the original ban, YandereDev seems to ultimately hope for an explanation and not necessarily a reversal. He re-iterates more then once during the video that the core issue at hand that he is experiencing is a lack of transparency and communication with Twitch.
Current List of games banned from Twitch: 3DXChat, Artificial Girl 1, 2, & 3, Artificial Academy 1 & 2, Battle Rape, BMX XXX, Cobra Club, Criminal Girls, Dramatical Murder, Genital Jousting, Grezzo 1 & 2, Harem Party, HunieCam Studio, HuniePop, Kamidori Alchemy Meister, Negligee, Porno Studio Tycoon, Purin to Ohuro, Purino Party, Radiator 2, RapeLay, Rinse and Repeat, Sakura Angels, Sakura Beach 1 & 2, Sakura Dungeon, Sakura Fantasy, Sakura Santa, Sakura Spirit, Sakura Swim Club, Second Life, Suck My Dick or Die!, The Guy Game, The Maiden Rape Assault: Violent Semen Inferno, What’s under your blanket !?, Witch Trainer and Yandere Simulator
In an effort to better understand the situation myself, as a reporter trying to present both sides to the matter, I did reach out to members of the Twitch streaming community and the Let’s Play video genre in general. Currently opinion seems to be mixed in regards to if Twitch “owes” YandereDev any explanation. Although many express a concern over the potential of “unspoken rules”, that developers of small games might be breaking unintentionally during the creation process, others felt that Twitch as a platform can retain the right to ban things without having clear cause.
In addition, some individuals felt that the premise of Yandere Simulator, even if it did not break any specific Twitch rules, was controversial enough in it’s premise to warrant a company blacklisting it as a preemptive measure to avoid any potential outrage.
As of right now, YandereDev has not received any official response to the video. We will follow-up this story as it develops.