On dress code and respect

A couple of weeks ago we started the hitbox News Update video with the following quote by Kurt Vonnegut:
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

It is a daring thing indeed, a challenging task that requires mostly trust and respect. It is a challenge we gladly took on a little over a year ago.

From the get-go it was clear that hitbox would have a focus on gaming and gaming related content, while giving the members of our community the freedom to deviate within reason from this formula for the sake of interaction and entertainment. Podcasts, talkshows, Q&A sessions, game development and art streams hosted by our streamers are just some of the examples of content that may not directly focus on gameplay, but are very much welcome on hitbox and have been embraced by our community. A community that may have first come to hitbox for gameplay, but stayed for their favourite Let’s Play or Esports streamers taking the time to talk to their viewers for hours on end, answering questions or hosting podcasts, bringing you their opinion on the latest gamerelease.

This of course brings us to the current state of things.

Since last week the question of what is and isn’t appropriate to wear and do while broadcasting has come up more and more. We strongly believe that since our community on hitbox is comprised of a wide variety of people, covering all aspects of the gaming world, everyone should be treated equally and respectfully.

For that purpose, we now want to re-state and clarify our ruleset, which is in line with the modern media industry we are a part of. More specifically we want to address the following three points:

Sexual Content
Sexually explicit content like pornography is not allowed. This includes showing unclothed breasts or genitals or the simulation of sexual acts via a webcam, even if that simulated sexual act is performed fully clothed. Depending on severity, such behaviour will result in a warning or even temporary or indefinite account suspension.

Free Speech
We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. Any form of hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity) however, is strictly prohibited and depending on severity will result in a warning or even temporary or indefinite account suspension.

Any form of stalking, harassment, invasion of privacy or threats is strictly prohibited and depending on severity will result in a warning or even temporary or indefinite account suspension.

During your time on hitbox you may come across content that you don’t like or even offends you. Feel free to use the report function to submit such content for review by our staff. If indeed we deem the content to be in violation of our rules, we will act accordingly.

If content offends you, consider joining another channel. Why waste time with something you don’t like? In either case, act respectfully. Hate speech and harassment, even if directed at someone who’s content may not be in line with our rules, is still a violation of our guidelines and also harms our community.

With that being said, your concerns over the last couple of days have not gone unnoticed and even though you may not agree with some of the content that can and will be found on hitbox, we still want to make your stay with us as pleasurable as possible.

As such, we will implement the ability to label and filter the content on hitbox according to age restrictions with one of our next updates. As should be the case, this age restrictions will take into account the games being played on stream, as well as webcams that may be turned on or what is being said by the broadcaster.

We will also take a close look at our Terms of Service and adapt and clarify some of it’s passages to better represent what is written in this blogpost. Your feedback is of course as always very important to us, so we encourage you to continue letting us know how you feel.

Daniel „dansen“ Leberl
Chief Community Officer