[Update: Twitch has lifted the ban on Senran Kagura: Estival Versus]
Marvelous Entertainment’s Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is a very risque title. It features lots of scantily clad women with large bosoms that bounce generously. The game doesn’t shy away from very fleshy transformation sequences where only the naughty bits are lightly obscured. It’s the ultimate tease and titillate but don’t touch and taste beat-’em-up game. Well, Twitch isn’t having it… none of it.
A post over on the ethically charged and censorship watchdog sub-Reddit called Kotaku in Action, they were alerted to a Twitch streamer who was prohibited from streaming Senran Kagura Estival Versus. You can get a glimpse of what the game is like with the trailer below. It’s obviously NSFW.
Well, according to an image leaked from a conversation with Twitch support, a user was notified that Senran Kagura: Estival Versus is not allowed on the service, with Twitch support rep Hassan Bokhari stating that the game is not allowed on the platform.
“May I ask why? The other games were allowed on your platform. Why is this game being singled out when it is an officially rated CERO D game in Japan and is not classified under their AO rating. If this continues I will be forced to look at other streaming options as this is just silly and unwarranted.”
It is correct that Twitch does allow for other Senran Kagura games to be streamed on the service. In fact, you can check out a query result for Senran Kagura right here that shows that there are various streams recorded of Dekamori Senran Kagura for the PS Vita.
However, according to Twitch support, Bokhari responded to Sergster, saying…
“Our rules of conduct are pretty cut and dry. We do not allow games of this nature on our platform. If you would like to look for other streaming platforms to stream these types of visual novels that have adult content, then please feel free.
“This is not something we will allow on our service.”
I reached out to the Twitch support staff to find out if it was true that Senran Kagura: Estival Versus was really banned, even though it was being mislabeled as a “visual novel” as opposed to being a beat-’em-up game… and yes, despite all the bare skin and panty shots, it’s actually a beat-’em-up game. If you want to know what a visual novel looks like you can check out Over The Hills and Far Away. That’s a visual novel.
According to Twitch administrator Mr. Kanthes… he stated “That is correct”. Unfortunately, the tweet has been deleted.
So there you have it. Mislabeled or not, if you want to stream Senran Kagura you won’t be able to do it via Twitch.tv.
You’ll likely have to just record your video and upload it to YouTube or try live-streaming through YouTube if you have the proper equipment and software.
[Update:] New images have been shared regarding Twitch responding to Senran Kagura: Estival Versus being banned on the grounds of being a visual novel. According to Kanthes, even if the game isn’t a visual novel it’s still being banned on the grounds of its sexual content. Responding to live-streamer Sergster, Kanthes states…
“Apologies about the confusion. The game is still banned due to its sexual nature.”
You can check out the full exchange below from the screencapture, with some users wondering how mature titles like The Witcher and Grand Theft Auto V are allowed on Twitch but not Senran Kagura. Even Twitch engineer Robert Burke questioned the decision to ban the game.