Twitch cracks down on gambling

In recent days, several of the biggest profiles on Twitch have come out hard against gambling on the streaming service. Now the website announces stricter guidelines, but remains open for certain types of gambling.

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As Bloomberg writes, gambling – and especially cryptocurrency gambling – has become very widespread on Twitch. Casinos offer sponsorships for channels that show gambling, and “Slots” has become one of the biggest categories on the website – at the time of writing with over 63,000 viewers.

The topic peg #TwitchStopGambling gained momentum after Abraham “Liker” Mohammed admitted his gambling problem. According to since 2017, the streamer Vice having borrowed several million kroner from family, friends and fans to bet on skins in games and cover his ever-growing gambling debt.

The reality of the problem came one day when he was finally confronted by other Twitch users, including Hasan Piker, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo and Felix “xQc” Lengyel. On his own channel, “Sliker” apologized to fans and those he had taken money from, and said that he has started rehabilitation in the hope of getting control of the situation.

New guidelines

Hasan, “Mizkif” and “xQc”, as well as other major Twitch players such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys and Ludwig Ahgren, took to social media in hopes of pushing for changes at the streaming service. The action finally led, and in one Twitter statement Twitch reports that new guidelines are on the way.

– We will be introducing a change to our policy starting October 18, to prohibit streaming of gambling websites that include slot machines, roulette or dice games that are not licensed in the United States or other territories that offer adequate protection for consumers, writes Twitch.

It will still be permitted to display websites with betting on sports, fantasy sports or poker, it is pointed out. Further details of the new guidelines will be revealed over the next few weeks, so that everyone is aware of what is allowed and what is prohibited under the new guidelines.

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