A few days ago, Gog.com made the bold choice not to sell Hatred, angering a lot of people who had been supporting the game’s controversial release.
That group has been up in arms yet again over the last few hours too, as Twitch have decided to revise their policy and ban AO rated games. While Hatred is never named, with it’s release just a few days away, it’s hard not to see this as a direct response to the title, which bares the rating
In a community post, the streaming service said:
Today, we’re updating the RoC with regard to Adult Only (AO) games. Simply put, AO games are not welcome on Twitch. Please refer to the ESRB’s Ratings Guide and list of Adults Only games for more information.
While the ESRB ratings apply exclusively to US titles, our policy extends to versions of these games in allterritories. Generally, if the US version is rated for Adults Only (18+) or has an equivalent rating in your territory, you should not broadcast that game on Twitch.
This is a pretty bold move and shuts the door on Hatred in a pretty significant way. Streaming is incredibly important to gaming nowadays and when the biggest service blocks you from being on the platform, that’s a major blow.