Twitch bans big gambling sites after streamers threaten strike

A Twitch logo stands out in the middle of a group of gambling imagery, such as playing cards with the number 7, chips, and aces on them.

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It’s been almost 24 hours for people broadcasting in purple. broke up after a scandal that A Twitch streamer was scamming viewers and peers alike for allegedly funding $200,000 counter Strike Global Offensive AddictionAfter, top celebrities began pressuring the live-streaming company to do something about the bigger, underlying problem. Gambling, many people have been arguing for some time, has become a curse on the platform, as many affluent creators promote potentially harmful content to young, influential fans. While Twitch lets it be for a long time, the Amazon-owned platform Announced massive changes regarding gambling streams today Which will make a big impact for creators and audiences alike.

According to a new update released on social media, Twitch will no longer allow “streaming of gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection.” ” The list currently includes Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com, though Twitch says it may expand as the company continues to evaluate the situation. However, Twitch will continue to allow sports betting, fantasy sports and poker. These appear to be high-level changes that will take effect from October 18th, and Twitch is set to share more specifics soon.

While we don’t have all the information about gambling on the platform yet, it’s possible that Twitch is sharing these key details early because of all the uproar that started in late September. Earlier this week, streamers like Pokemon suggested they team up with some other popular celebrities on the platform and strike during high-volume times like Christmas, unless Twitch issued a statement on the crisis or New gambling rules not decided.

Although the new rules do not ban gambling outright, they do target some of the biggest websites that are either favored by streamers, or sponsor well-known streamers. And the impact will be huge: Not only is gambling one of the most popular categories of content, with some of the biggest faces on the platform partying like xQc, some creators like Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Nickname have said they make up to a million. They give on-stream facility in a month from gambling companies.

That’s not counting how much might be made from viewers gambling while sharing the referral codes streamers blast on stream (something they no longer can do), or any other sponsorships a Twitch streamer might receive through more conventional means on the platform. While these streamers have stressed in the past that they’ve told viewers not to gamble themselves, it was obvious that business was booming.

In its announcement, Twitch reminded people that it already had some gambling rules in place, but that “some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.”

While the new rules aren’t live yet, people who pushed for this change are celebrating. There was, after all, plenty of skepticism over whether or not Twitch would do anything further about gambling, with Some highly visible creators like Hasan Abi That activity generated too much revenue for the platform to ban it altogether.

“We did it all,” Pokemon, who finished 300,000 people expressed support against gambling clauses in a single day, tweeted, “Public pressure, tweets, raising awareness, that’s all that matters.”

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