Lift the Restriction Imposed on Playing Music During Streams
Twitch.tv is a major video streaming platform for casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike. You probably already know that, as Justin.tv would soon shut down and merge into Twitch. In fact, Twitch is the 4th most trafficking site of the Net, in the US during peak times. As you can see, Twitch's sole purpose is for users to stream video games. However, recently, with no prior notice whatsoever, Twitch has imposed a ban on streaming "copyrighted music", which includes in-game music, which means the streamer must mute the game or be muted forcefully for 30 minutes. There is no free will whatsoever. With games that revolve around action, the problem is relatively small, though existent. Muting the game will not give the player a harder time. On the other side, rhythm games, like Stepmania, Project Diva, osu!, or DJ Hero, in which the level design is the soundtrack, will be unplayable on the players' side, or un-watchable or un-enjoyable on the watchers' side. This is truly a pressing issue, more pressed than the buttons of the gamepad. The Big Brothers behind this brutal broadcast ban is none other than Google Incorporated, with their conquistador on a brute-force takeover that not-anymore-recently destroyed Google+ Video *COUGH* YouTube's accounts, taking the comments section hostage. And now, they are forcing YouTube's Content ID system on Twitch's broadcasts! What horrors await us next, live automatic captioning, powered by Google Subtitles? Access prohibition to the chat menu, unless your account is synced with the abomination with is a Google+ account? Clearly, Twitch and Google need a wake-up call that we, as users, as audience, and as the only ones to provide feedback, that this is much more than what we are willing to stand. So we must stand for this situation and make the chairpersons understand that the Sheeple do not want these changes. We want Twitch to be free, not only free of charge, but free to broadcast video games as they are.