Twitch’s Social Eating Do’s and Don’ts

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The online trend called “social eating” has come over to Twitch.

The gastronomical voyeurism trend first gained ground in South Korea where it’s known as muk-bang or literally “eating broadcast.” The most popular muk-bang streamers devour thousands of calories while chatting and answering questions from fans. Youtube and Buzzfeed also have them, with broadcasters gulping Doritos, tacos and Doritos Tacos in no time.

Now on Twitch, viewers may watch streamers as they eat their meals. Try checking out its own tag here. Although there aren’t many live streams at the moment, there’s a whole selection of archived videos to watch. From quick dinners to 100 McNuggets challenges, there’s a ton of other people’s food to “join” on.

According to the FAQ, the spirit of Social Eating is, therefore, less focused on the act of eating and more on a sense of companionship and inclusiveness. Yep, like everybody gets that. Twitch has now come up with a detailed FAQ regarding social eating. Quite necessary actually, after some cat vomit and poop-eating streams went around. Blargh.

Q: Am I required to interact with my viewers during my Social Eating broadcast?

A: Yes, you must be interacting with your audience for the duration of your Social Eating broadcast. Interaction could include reviewing the food being eaten or talking about games. Discussions unrelated to food are also acceptable.

Q: Am I required to show both myself and what I am eating during my Social Eating broadcast?

A: Yes, both you and the food you are eating must be visible for the duration of your Social Eating broadcast.

Q: I am primarily broadcasting a game, but I need to have a quick snack. Do I need to switch my category to Social Eating?

A: No. If you plan to eat a quick snack and want to continue broadcasting games or Creative content, you could do so while broadcasting a game or on a break, but your channel should stay in the game or Creative directory when doing so.

So what can you broadcast?

  • Taking a break to eat a meal between game play or Twitch Creative sessions.
  • Eating a meal with other friends or loved ones.
  • Describing or reviewing a meal from a restaurant.
  • Eating a meal that you just cooked on Twitch Creative.
  • Eating a meal that your viewers ordered for you.
  • Hosting a pizza party with your viewers.
  • Eating a meal while at an event, when you are unable to do your regular broadcasts.

There’s a lot to “digest” there. But here are the DON’Ts that people should really take note of:

  • Primarily eating junk food, such as candy, condiments, or energy food.
  • Primarily drinking alcoholic beverages, such as taking shots, drinking games, binge drinking, or drinking parties.
  • Eating items or food not meant for human consumption, such as pet food, toxic substances, bodily fluids, refuse, or inedible objects.
  • Eating foods or in a manner that might inflict harm upon yourself or lead to vomiting.
  • Eating food or in a manner intended to disgust, shock, or offend others.
  • Food challenges or contests, such as chugging, snorting, or binge/speed eating.
  • Food challenges or contests involving the exchange of money, goods, or services, such as eating or shots, for dares or for money.
  • Feeding others, such as pets or babies.
  • Broadcasting from a moving vehicle, such as traveling to/from a grocery store, market, restaurant, or drive-thru.
  • Broadcasting videos or content from other sites while eating, such as browsing video sites/services or social media.

Social Eating is part of the non-gaming Twitch Creative umbrella. Twitch Creative allows users to broadcast the process of their creations, from video editing to photo alteration, glass-blowing, crocheting and even brewing. No dice for homework broadcasts, though or bodybuilding/exercise, no matter how much of a piece of art you’re building!

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