Twitch Bans Major Gambling Sites After Streamers Threaten Strike

Twitch Bans Major Gambling Sites After Streamers Threaten Strike

A Twitch logo sits amidst a bunch of betting images, such as the number 7, chips, and playing cards with aces.

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It’s been a rough 24 hours for people streaming purple. After a scandal broke a Twitch streamer had been scamming viewers and peers out of an alleged $200,000 to fund a counter strike global offensive addiction, major personalities began to put pressure on the live streaming company to do something about the larger underlying problem. Play, many have been arguing for a while, has become a scourge on the platform, as several wealthy creators promoted potentially harmful content to young and impressionable fans. While Twitch seemed to let it happen for a long time, the Amazon-owned platform announced a massive change regarding gambling broadcasts today that will have huge ramifications for both creators and viewers.

According to a new update issued on social media, Twitch will no longer allow “broadcasting of gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or craps games that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protections.” . The list currently includes,,, and, though Twitch says it may expand as the company continues to assess the situation. However, Twitch will continue to allow sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker. These appear to be the high-level changes that will go into effect starting October 18, and Twitch is set to share more details soon.

While we don’t have all the information about gaming on the platform just yet, Twitch will likely share these key details sooner due to all the commotion that broke out in late September. Earlier this week, streamers like Pokimane suggested they would join some of the other popular personalities on the platform and strike out during a time of high volume, like Christmas, unless Twitch issued a statement about the crisis or enacted new streaming rules. play.

While the new rules don’t ban gambling entirely, they do target some of the biggest websites that are favored by streamers or sponsor well-known streamers. And the ramifications will be huge: not only is gaming one of the most popular content categories, with the platform’s biggest faces like xQc participating, some creators like Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam have stated that they earn up to a million. a month of gaming companies presenting live.

That’s not counting how much can be earned from viewers who bet while sharing the referral codes streamers throw on the stream (something they can’t do anymore), or any other sponsorship a Twitch streamer might receive through more mediums. conventional on the platform. While these streamers have emphasized in the past that they have told viewers not to gamble, it was obvious that business was booming.

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

While the new rules they are not live yet, phe people who drove this change are celebrating. After all, there was a lot of skepticism about whether or not Twitch would do anything more regarding betting, with some very visible creators like Hasan Abi expressing that the activity simply generated too much revenue for the platform to ban it outright.

“We did it all of you,” Pokimane, who surpassed 300,000 people expressing their support against gambling broadcasts in a single day, tweeted. “The public pressure, the tweets, the awareness, it all matters.”

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