Twitch Cracks Down on Gambling Streams After Recent Controversies
Twitch has banned slot, roulette and dice games involving real money wagering.
A popular Twitch streamer has admitted to defrauding his followers and other streamers out of about $300,000 to pay for his gambling, prompting users to call on Twitch to ban all gambling streams.
Now, the company has responded by banning any streaming that includes slot machines, roulette or dice games. The ban will take effect on October 18, 2022.
“We will update our policy on October 18 to prohibit the streaming of gambling sites including slot machines, roulette or dice games that are not licensed in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protections ,”Say official statement.
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— Twitch (@Twitch) September 20, 2022
twitch streamer its like Pleaded to defrauding fans and friends of hundreds of thousands of dollars by freezing bank accounts and similar stories. The British streamer explained that due to his huge gambling debt, he asked for loans from other users and couldn’t pay it back – which he said was a debt he accumulated after he got into gambling with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
since his confessionmany prominent streamers have called on Twitch to ban gambling streams.
It looks like the online streaming platform is at least partially listening. Currently banned sites include Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com… Twitch promises this list may include more.
like twitch should ban gambling
— pokimane 🤍 (@pokimanelol) September 18, 2022
However, the bans could also affect several other prominent streamers. Streamers xQc (Felix Lengyel) and Trainwreck (Tyler Faraz Niknam) have both secured sponsorship deals from Stake.com to stream their own online gambling.While xQc has stepped up to help those who were scammed by ItsSliker, Ludwig Agrenhe also retweeted from train wreck Attempts to divert the popularity of gambling sites:
“To be clear, scapegoating SLOTS, BJ and ROULETTE rather than blaming individuals is the real problem,” he said.
“Having said that, streamers and viewers who sell fake reality should be banned,” he added. “People who keep gates through codes that ask you to gamble should be banned, people who hide all losses and only show wins should be banned, things like that are predatory”
It remains to be seen what these popular streamers will do after October 18th.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN.you can follow him Twitter.