Pokimane, Twitch streamers Could Strike After $ 200,000 Gambling Scam

Mizkif sits by a stream with cat ears.

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On Saturday, a Twitch streamer named Abraham Mohammed, better known to viewers as Sliker, He admitted that he defrauded fans and other content creators of at least $ 200,000 to fund him Counter Strike global offensive gambling addiction. In response, famous streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo and Devin Nash coordinated a Twitch boycott during the holiday week to protest against the platform’s lax gambling streams policies.

CS GO contains the weapon skins they have monetary value on the Valve marketplace. Since the rarest skins can be worth thousands of dollars, third parties use them as “casino chips” to bet on the results CS GO matches. From 2016, the skin-bet market was valued at $ 7 billion. Sliker received money from fans and other streamers on the false pretenses that his bank account was blocked and that he needed to borrow money to avoid losing his creditworthiness. Streamer Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker was one of those who handed over cash to Sliker after he asked for help, falsely saying that, in addition to other financial problems and complications, his Twitch payments had not arrived for this month. The girls later said“I thought he was in need, I thought he was legally in need of money.” But in Saturday’s movie, Sliker admitted that telling people that there was simply no money was a trick.

in tears video confessionSliker told his viewers that he started playing with CS GO skins, but eventually moved on to betting with real money. Initially, he used the money from his first job and “all” Twitch income, but that was not enough for him. He started borrowing money from other streamers, lying to them about why he needed the money and what it would be used for. In the movie, he promised to pay off all creditors in the end.

“I deserve to be punished. Whatever happens is happening, ”he said. “I don’t know what to say to the people I borrowed from… it’s gambling epitome. I want to say don’t touch it.

Popular streamers Pokimane, Mizkif, and Devin Nash discuss Twitch’s own responsibility to take action against gambling streams, which some believe is manipulation of viewers and possibly especially harmful to young viewers. In a collaborative stream, they mentioned that some streamers made money promoting gambling and that gambling was one of the most popular categories on Twitch. Mizkif, attributing the idea to his friend, political streamer Destiny, suggested that 10-20 content creators with big followers send a joint statement to Twitch. Or the platform should take a stance against gambling streams and sponsorshipor they will go on strike in Christmas week. my box I contacted Twitch but did not receive a comment in time of publication. While some streamers are waiting for a response, others are already mobilizing. Top makers like xQc and Ludwig say they will refund some of the people who have been scammed, provided they have proof that their money has been taken. “S.some of the stories are terrible, tweeted xqc. “T.no way we are sitting there watching / listening. I’m done tweeting about the optics of this. I don’t care what people think about it.

Of course, not all streamers in the conversation share this from the point of view that gambling is a problem on the platform. Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam, the slot streamer himself, tweeted that the “real problem” was the people who blamed slots, blackjack and roulette, not an individual. He argued that sports betting is standardized, but acknowledged that the practice of streamers carrying gifts using codes that require viewers to engage in gambling is “predatory”, as is highlighting gaming wins while concealing broadcast losses. However, on its own lucrative sum, it charges considerable sums gambling streams and sponsorship. Train wreck previously borrowed Like $ 100,000.

Meanwhile, some content creators, seeing influencer streamers mobilize around gambling, are disappointed that some of Twitch’s biggest names are much quieter on other issues. “Where was this energy during? hate raids? asked Ask DePass (Cypheroftyr), content creator and activist. “Where is this for constant racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny on the platform?”

Indeed, this time content creators seem to attribute the misfortune to system issues much faster. “[Gambling] it is a problem of the platform, not a problem of people ” tweeted Devina Nash. “Create an environment for [unaccountable streamers] evolve and they will appear ”.

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