Twitch bans streaming “slots or roulette” from unlicensed sites

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Rare is the week that there is not some more or less important controversy in the world of Twitch. On this occasion, this has been caused by gambling and by a streamer, Sliker, who has been accused of fraud around $300,000 to his followers to spend on gambling websites. Now Twitch has taken action on the matter and, somewhat peculiarly, has banned the streaming of “slots, roulette or dice games” from unlicensed websites in the United States or in other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.

A long-standing problem. In recent months, the content related to betting, slots and other games of chance has skyrocketed and provoked criticism from some well-known members of the community. Gambling has always been in the eye of the hurricane, but this weekend the final straw has arrived.

Slicker. He is a popular Twitch streamer. His profile accumulates half a million followers and a couple of days ago was accused of scamming his viewers about $300,000 to spend on ‘CS:GO’ bets. As detailed in MGG, the streamer told his subscribers and followers on Discord that he needed “financial support to pay different credits, since he supposedly had his credit card blocked and could not pay it.” Later, the streamer ended up asking for forgiveness and confessing his actions.

there is money. Behind betting streams there are, in addition to a potential gaming addiction problem, advertising campaigns: betting sites pay streamers to broadcast their games on the platform. Some, like Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam, claim to have won up to a million dollars a month thanks to this type of campaign and they have won huge amounts of money on these websites, live. This type of content, considering the Twitch audience, is potentially dangerous.

Streamers stand and act. Faced with this situation and the lack of action on the part of Twitch, personalities such as pokimane, Mizkif Y Devin Nash they proposed to organize a boycott on Twitch during Christmas week (one of the key weeks of any service that lives on advertising) as a protest. Other streamers, Ludwig and xQc (who, coincidentally, has also done gambling content), offered to return the money Sliker scammed to users, also claiming that it was time for Twitch to do something.

Twitch finally responds. Two days after this controversy began, Twitch has issued a statement (which we reproduce in full below) in which they state that they will prohibit “the transmission of gambling sites that include slots, roulette or dice games that are not licensed in the US or in other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection” . Sites mentioned include Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com, with more expected to be added over time. The statement says the following:

“Gaming content on Twitch has been a huge topic of discussion in the community, and something we’ve been actively reviewing.
since our last policy update in this area. Today we want to update you on our plans. Although we prohibit sharing links or referral codes to all sites that include slots, roulette or craps games, we have seen some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.

Therefore, on October 18, we will update our policy to prohibit the transmission of gambling sites that include slots, roulette or dice games that are not licensed in the US or in other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection. These sites include Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com. However, we may identify others as we go along.

We will continue to allow websites focused on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker. We will share details of our gaming policy updates soon, including the full policy language, to ensure everyone understands our new rules before they go into effect on October 18.”

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some exceptions. Although Twitch has taken a step forward, there is still betting-related content such as poker and sports betting. It will also be necessary to see how this list of prohibited websites develops and how Twitch reacts to the license mess that this measure can cause, as well as to those casinos that use cryptocurrencies and are based in a tax haven.

A lax ban. Although it will be necessary to wait until October 18 to see what exactly Twitch does, there are still doubts to be cleared up. Leaving aside that betting is not prohibited, but betting pages without a certain type of license, doubts remain. For example, what does “sufficient consumer protection” mean? What will happen to Stake.com if Stake.us also exists? In short, the debate about gambling on Twitch is far from over.

Rare is the week that there is not some more or less important controversy in the world of Twitch. On…

Rare is the week that there is not some more or less important controversy in the world of Twitch. On…

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