Slots, roulette, and dice games are the focus of a partial gambling restriction that Twitch has announced.
Videos from gambling websites that do not have US or “other jurisdictions that provide acceptable consumer protection” licenses will not be allowed on Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform.
The Curacao-based Stake.com and other cryptocurrency gaming websites are included by the prohibition. It will go into effect on October 18, 2022.
Twitch issued the following statement on Twitter: “While we forbid providing links or referral codes to any websites that feature slots, roulette, or dice games, we’ve seen some users defy those rules and expose our community to possible danger.”
Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com would all be prohibited, with the possibility of future expansion. However, it would not outlaw poker, fantasy sports like fantasy football, or sports betting.
At the time of writing, more people are watching Twitch streams play virtual slots than are actually playing the game of Minecraft, according to TwitchTracker, which places slots as the tenth most popular category of content on the network.
Streamers can make a lot of money by promoting gambling websites. Tyler “Trainwreckstv” Niknam, who has more than 2.1 million followers, claims one such site provides him more than $1 million (£881,000) per month to gamble with.
He still hasn’t commented on Twitch’s announcement. Since they first surfaced, gambling videos have been divisive on Twitch, but in recent months, well-known broadcasters have been loudly negative, with some even threatening to launch a strike.
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