Twitch are overhauling their tag system next week with the inclusion of over 350 new tags related to gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ability, mental health, and more. The tagging system launched in 2018 and was initially intended to help describe the content of the stream rather than streamer, with notable exception of the experimental LGBTQIA+ tag.
That tag proved to be extremely popular and remained on the system and was the only tag of of it’s kind, but that’s about to change. “It took us too long to embrace that there should have been hundreds of ways for creators to share who they are and issues they care about,” stated the company in a blog post, “The Twitch community is incredibly diverse and the tags available to creators should reflect and celebrate that.”
The new tags include transgender, black, disabled, veteran, and Vtuber, with Twitch partnering with independent, third-party organizations including GLAAD, The Trevor Project, AbleGamers, SpecialEffect, and “other experts focused on the progress of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and marginalized communities. ”
“We understand that, as comprehensive as we have tried to be, we will inevitably miss tags that our community is looking for,” said Twitch, “We encourage you to share your suggestions via UserVoice to let us know what else you want to see. To begin with, we’ll regularly review highly upvoted suggestions on a weekly basis, and after an internal evaluation to ensure that these follow our Community Guidelines, we will add them to the list.”
The new tags will be going live sometime next week, and exact date and time was not revealed.
In related news, Twitch will launch a new category specifically for those who are streaming from their hot tubs, because that’s a thing now. People are doing “just chatting” streams from their pools and tubs and some advertisers were not keen on having their products related to what some saw as sexual content. Twitch does not allow sexual content, but it’s rules state that context-appropriate clothing is allowed, so this loop hole has allowed streamers to wear skimpy bikinis and tight speedos.
The new category will allow advertisers to avoid those have a gossip whilst splashing about. What it won’t help you avoid is what I have just seen while researching this news item which was a fairly chunky and rather drunk bearded man wearing a pink bikini, with names written across his flesh, miming Celine Dion love songs in to a hot dog.
I am going to need years of therapy.