Twitch has announcement a significant shift in its policy amid growing concerns over the presence of game streams on the platform. On Twitter, Twitch said it would ban the streaming of gambling websites offering unlicensed slots, roulette and dice games in the United States and other regions that “offer sufficient consumer protection”. The policy change will go into effect on October 18, and Twitch promises to post the full language of the policy and more details before then.
So far, the list of banned sites includes some of the most well-known sites, including Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com. This is no surprise, as you could already find plenty of streams on Twitch with gaming content from these areas. Twitch says it “may identify more” in the future, so the list of banned websites will likely grow. The website will continue to allow websites that focus on certain types of gambling content, including sports betting, fantasy sports and poker.
Twitch released the statement after some of the platform’s most popular streamers, including Pokimane and DevinNash, threatened to boycott it over Christmas week if it did not ban game streams and sponsorships. They banded together in response to a streamer’s admission that he scammed subscribers and other streamers out of around $200,000 to feed his addiction to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As Kotaku Explain, CS: GO offers weapon skins that have real monetary value, and gambling sites use them as casino chips. The reveal has reopened discussion about game streams on Twitch in a big way, with people point out that they could lead to deceptive behavior on the part of streamers and harm young users of the site.
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