Online streaming giant Twitch is cracking down on users who live stream recently released PS4 and PS Vita title Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, according to reports.
The Japan-only beat ’em up, which revolves around a group of female ninjas, is said to feature rather raunchy costumes and scenes – but does censor all in-game nudity, and received a CERO D (17 and over) rating in its native country rather than a Z (Adults Only).
After viewers began noticing streams being banned for featuring the game, Reddit user Serg got in contact with Twitch support for an official response. According to company representative Hassan Bokhari, Twitch considers the game to be a ‘type of visual novel that had adult content’, and ‘is not allowed’ to be streamed on its platform.
Opponents to the ban claim that Senran Kagura is a beat ’em up rather than a visual novel, and that it falls in line with the site’s policy regarding nudity and sexual content. The paragraph in question from Twitch’s terms of service states: “Nudity can’t be a core focus or feature of the game in question, modded nudity is disallowed in it’s [sic] entirety, and occurrences in game are okay so long as you do not make them a primary focus of your stream and only spend as much time as needed in the area to progress the game’s story.”
In related news, Japanese gamers have also been reporting being restricted from taking and uploading screenshots from the title via the PS4’s share options.