Over a year ago Yan­dere Sim­u­la­tor was banned from Twitch while the game was still in devel­op­ment. The devel­op­er of Yan­dere Sim­u­la­tor remained silent pub­licly until recent­ly. In hopes that Twitch would respond, he made a video explain­ing his attempts to con­tact Twitch about the ban and offered some pos­si­ble expla­na­tions for their actions.

Now Yan­dere Dev has released a video show­ing Twitch’s response. First Twitch explained that they did not pub­licly com­ment on the issues because it goes against their user pri­va­cy pol­i­cy. They also stat­ed that they do not review every game for approval and decide if a game should be reviewed based on reports they receive. 

As for why Yan­dere Sim­u­la­tor in par­tic­u­lar was banned, Twitch gave these rea­sons:

  • Two game­play modes depict­ing char­ac­ters in the nude.
  • A mechan­ic in which the play­er takes panty shots to use as cur­ren­cy for favors from oth­ers.
  • The only method of elim­i­nat­ing rivals is to mur­der them.
  • The set­ting, intent of game­play, and age of vic­tims indi­cate that the game is about vio­lence against and sex­u­al harass­ment of under­age char­ac­ters in a school set­ting.

Some of these rea­sons no longer apply to the game such as mur­der being the only method of elim­i­na­tion. All of these points can be changed before the game’s release to make the game Twitch friend­ly. There are also many oth­er games that have these fea­tures and can still be streamed.  

Twitch does acknowl­edge this with­in its response. They state that because these ele­ments were apart of ear­ly devel­op­ment that they rep­re­sent “core mechan­ics and themes” which dif­fers from oth­er games who mere­ly con­tain these ele­ments. They go on to say that they aren’t “pre­pared to com­mit to ongo­ing, com­pre­hen­sive re-eval­u­a­tions” of games still in devel­op­ment. Once the game is com­plet­ed Twitch will review the game again.

The full video show­ing Twitch’s response and Yan­dere Dev’s com­ments is below.