Twitch is updating its gambling policy to ban some gambling websites. The change was announced amidst an
From Oct. 18, Twitch will no longer allow users to stream gambling websites that feature slots, roulette, or dice games, if the website doesn’t hold a license in the U.S. or another jurisdiction that provides “sufficient consumer protection.” The announcement even went so far as to name specific websites that users will no longer be permitted to stream.
Unfortunately, this new policy as currently outlined still leaves a lot of room for gambling websites to play in.
According to Twitch’s announcement, not all gambling will be completely banned from the video streaming platform. Twitch has carved out some exemptions, stating that it “will continue to allow websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker.” It is
Further, it’s currently unclear exactly what Twitch considers “sufficient consumer protection,” or which jurisdictions the video streaming platform believes offer this. It is also unclear where card games such as blackjack will fall, with Twitch having explicitly exempted poker from the new rules.
Twitch declined to comment further at this time, stating it will share further specifics regarding its new gambling policy soon.
Over the weekend,
Though he had begun with betting in-game skins — cosmetic items that change how your character looks in a game — it soon escalated to real money, draining income from his job, “all” his Twitch earnings, and then eventually other people’s funds as well.
“Shit is dangerous,” said Sliker during the 20 minute livestream. “This is the epitome of a fucking gambling addict.”
Sliker stressed that he was “not a victim,” but that he did not intend to scam people. Rather, he described a repeated cycle of borrowing money, losing it through gambling, then borrowing more from someone else and gambling it in the hopes that he could win enough to cover his debts.
In response to Sliker’s situation, high-profile Twitch creators such as
As such, some creators
“There are hopefully some positives that can come from this,”
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