Google Stadia Won’t Allow Porn Games Or Adults Only Content
Senran Kagura

Want to play Hatred on Stadia? That’ll be a big fat, “No” from papa Google. How about Manhunt 2? Nuh uh, says Google. What about a waifu dating sim featuring big anime titties? Is it classified as “porn” in any capacity? Well that’ll be a giant “Nadda” from Google.

According to the general manager of Google Stadia, Phil Harrison, he explained to PCGamesN.com that porn games or AO rated titles for adults won’t be on the Stadia. PCGamesN paraphrased some of Phil Harrison’s comments, explaining…

“Harrison says that Google will use ‘what I would loosely describe as ‘standard industry practice’’ when deciding which games will be provided through the streaming service. The company will make use of PEGI and ESRB ratings systems, and Harrison says that ‘we won’t allow adult only content on our platform.’ He goes on to say that Stadia ‘will have content guidelines that we will apply to games,’ and that Google ‘will work with developers and publishers to bring appropriate games to the platform.’”

What this means is that any of the games rated or labeled as Adults Only on Steam or by the ESRB, will not appear on Stadia. This also means said games will not be accessible through Stadia’s stream-play feature either.

Stadia allows Mature rated games. But what about Mature-rated lewd games? For instance, Senran Kagura isn’t AO and isn’t in Steam’s Adults Only category. The game still features plenty of sexy girls in lewd situations, albeit with their naughty bits censored. Google has been demonetizing lots of Senran Kagura content on YouTube, but it’s still rated ‘M’ for Mature, so would they allow people to stream it through Stadia, safely?

As you can see in the video compilation from Sex Gravy, Senran Kagura can definitely push that ‘M’ rating to its very limits.

Gray Areas

There’s an actual gray area for other kinds of content as well. For instance, all-ages versions of visual novels that we see plastered all over YouTube. Would Google allow for all-ages visual novels to appear on Stadia?

Harrison also says that they will work with developers and publishers to bring “appropriate games to the platform”. So I guess we can likely kiss most anime-style fan-service games goodbye.

Basically it sounds like Google will be curating the Stadia identical to the way Epic Games is curating the Epic Games Store, which also doesn’t allow porn games or Adults Only games on its store.

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Epic vs Stadia

The difference between the Epic Games Store and Google Stadia is player accessibility. The Epic Games Store lets you download and play your games at your own leisure. You can also behave anyway you want in the multiplayer games you download without worrying about being intruded upon by the platform holder or have your library access restricted (that’s not to say that the Epic Games Store doesn’t have its own very serious issues).

In the case of Stadia, Google will be monitoring player behavior and will be “insulating” gamers who exhibit “toxic behavior” from other gamers, whatever that means. And since Google controls the platform, this could range from anything. We could see moderation as light as timeouts, to as strict as banning gamers from accesing their Stadia library.

Either way, if you want a free, mature, gaming platform you won’t find it on Stadia. Despite Valve’s inconsistent bans, they’re far more hands-off Steam compared to their two nearest competitors.

However, if you want actual adult-oriented content that isn’t curated like a notarized policy typed up by a blind monkey in a dark room on a broken typewriter, you’ll need to stick with the following websites:

(Thanks for the news tip Voice of Fanservice)

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