Twitch ban major gambling sites after streamers threaten to strike

The Twitch logo is in the center of gambling-related images such as the number 7, chips, and playing cards with aces.

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It was a tough 24 hours for the people broadcasting purple. After the scandal, he broke it The Twitch streamer was cheating viewers and peers with an alleged $ 200,000 to fund Counter Strike global offensive addiction, leading personalities began to put pressure on the live broadcast company to do something about a bigger, underlying problem. Gambling, many have been arguing for some time, became a scourge on the platform as many wealthy creators promoted potentially harmful content to young, vulnerable fans. While Twitch just seemed to have allowed it for a long time, the platform owned by Amazon today announced a huge change regarding gambling streams which will have big consequences for both creators and viewers.

According to the new social media update, Twitch will no longer allow “streaming of slot, roulette or dice gambling sites that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.” Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com are currently on the list, though Twitch says it may expand as the company continues to evaluate the situation. Twitch will, however, continue to allow sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker. It looks like these are high-level changes coming into effect on October 18th and Twitch will share more details soon.

While we don’t have all the gambling information on the platform yet, it’s likely Twitch is releasing these key details early on due to all the confusion that erupted in late September. Earlier this week, streamers like Pokimane suggested that they team up with some of the other popular personalities on the platform and strike at high-profile events like Christmas, unless Twitch issues a crisis statement or announces new gambling rules.

While the new rules don’t explicitly ban gambling, they target some of the biggest websites that are either streamer-favored or sponsor famous streamers. The ramifications will be huge: not only is gambling one of the most popular content categories, with the biggest faces on the platform like XQc, some creators like Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam have found they are making up to a million months from the gambling companies they host on. live.

It doesn’t matter how much you can earn from viewer gambling by sharing the referral codes that streamers are broadcasting on the stream (something they can’t do anymore) or with any other sponsors a Twitch streamer may receive using more conventional means on the platform. While these streamers have emphasized in the past that they told viewers not to play themselves, it was clear that the business was booming.

In its announcement, Twitch reminded people that it already has certain rules about gambling, but “some people are circumventing these rules and potentially putting our community at risk.”

While the new rules are not yet alive, Mr.the people who pushed for this change are celebrating. After all, there was a lot of skepticism as to whether Twitch would do more about gambling, with some highly visible creators, such as Hasan Abi, voicing that this activity was simply generating too much revenue for the platform to directly prohibit it.

“We’ve all done it”, a Pokimane that has ended 300,000 people expressing support against gambling streams in one day, tweeted. “Public pressure, tweets, awareness-raising, it all matters.”

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