Online game streaming is growing more and more popular by the day. You can secure yourself a pretty penny with a passion for gaming, a loyal Twitch following, and a sponsor or two. You can even just stream your regular life for all 

But there's a reason why movements are compared to the Wild West; they're usually traversing unexplored territory, or at least territory without proper checks and balances. Twitch has been around since 2011 and has rules and guidelines, as any Amazon subsidiary should, but some streamers just don't know how to play nice. Nothing takes the air out of a Fortnite or Overwatch stream like someone dropping an unexpected slur, which seems to be happening at least once a week. 

I know a desperate cry for help when I hear one, so I'm gonna do all you streamers out there a favor and help prevent you from messing your money up. Here's a step-by-step guide to keep you out of trouble with the people upstairs at Twitch.   


1. Don't be racist

Don't use the n-word or any other racial epithet. It doesn't matter how much you like rap. It doesn't matter that you didn't mean it in a malicious way. If you're not Black, don't use it. The end.  


2. Keep cheating to a minimum (or, you know, just don't do it) 

It's tempting to cheat, especially if you think you can get away with it. Outside of needlessly flexing on old and new players alike, it's embarrassing and silly when you get called out for it. I'll just be over here laughing in the corner.   


3. Why are you doxxing people?

Being mad at someone for beating you in a game or bored with someone's stream is one thing. Going out of your way to dox them - publishing their private information without their consent - is a giant leap in the wrong direction. People who aren't malicious predators don't deserve to have their personal information slathered across a subreddit or comment thread. How about keeping the ass-kicking to the games, huh?   


4. Please...don't be racist

Seriously. DON'T EVER DO THIS. 


5. Don't play banned games

 

Twitch has a set list of games you're not allowed to stream. If I were in their shoes, I wouldn't want people streaming a game called The Maiden Rape Assault: Violent Semen Inferno, either. If you really feel the urge to play a banned game that isn't centered on sexual assault, do it with a few friends and some drinks instead of a place where you'll get embarrassed and shut down.  


6.  Leave women alone

  

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Let's make something crystal clear: Women are not asking for your harassment. They have every right to be streaming whatever they want, however they want to do it. It's not hurting you, your fragile ego, or your "brand" for other people with different opinions or perspectives than you and your Hearthstone Encyclopedia. Stop live-rating, stop doxing, stop projecting your insecurities onto women who are just here to have fun like you. Just...stop it.