After recently spotlighting a gambling controversy in the Twitch community, the streaming service has announced that as of October 18, streaming of any gambling site containing slots, roulette wheels, or dice games that are not licensed in the United States will be banned. While they announced a small list of websites included in this ban, it was explained that more could be added if identified as harmful.
All of this came about after some of Twitch’s most prolific content creators banded together to spread the new hashtag #TwitchStopGambling. A streamer named Sliker was recently called out by his community for his gaming tendencies and has since admitted to borrowing more than $200,000 from his fans and other content creators without repaying them. He first started playing with Counter Strike: Global Offensive skins before switching to real money. Sliker has since apologized for his actions and says he is seeking help in rehab for his gambling addiction.
While many of the top casino attractions you would see have been banned from Twitch, this has not impacted sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker games on the platform. The included tweet states that Twitch will reveal more about their policy change on streaming gambling on their site before the October 18 changes go into effect.
Before the ban takes effect, you can still watch gambling streams on the service, although this is expected to taper off quickly as the end date approaches. Even today that the announcement has come out, you can find streaming categories related to slots and other gambling games in the most viewed streams on Twitch. The hope is to help mitigate and eliminate possible gambling addiction that is rampant in the Twitch community and could end up being quite harmful.
https://www.gamepur.com/news/twitch-speaks-out-on-gambling-controversy-confirms-it-will-be-banning-gambling-as-of-october-18th Twitch comments on gambling controversy and confirms it will ban gambling from October 18th