Twitch will ban users from streaming unlicensed gaming content | Tic

Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming site, will ban users from posting videos of themselves playing slots, roulette or dice games on unlicensed gaming sites, the company said.

The ban, which comes into effect on October 18, follows widespread outrage among top streamers after UK streamer ItsSliker admitted to scamming other hosts out of thousands of dollars to fuel what he has. described as gambling addiction.

“Gaming content on Twitch has been a big topic of discussion in the community and something we’ve been actively reviewing since our last policy update in this area,” the company said. “Today we want to let you know about our plans. Although we prohibit the sharing of referral links or codes to any sites that include slots, roulette or dice games, we have seen some people circumvent these rules and expose our community to potential harm.

“We will be updating the policy on October 18 to prohibit the streaming of gaming sites that include slots, roulette or dice games that are not permitted in the United States or other countries. other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.

The ban does not cover sports betting or poker. But it will act to limit the distribution of gambling content on the streaming site, where users have long wondered about the links between streamers and the gambling sites they promote.

Although the site prohibited users from actively referring their viewers to gambling sites, it did little to prevent the spread of sponsored streams. In July 2021, a streamer told Wired Magazine they could make over $30,000 (£26,500) an hour by sharing footage of themselves playing.

Other streamers have had even more direct ties to gambling: Richard Bengston, a member of eSports group FaZe, has a website that allows users to play with CS:GO skins (game items with a monetary), said that at its peak, the site was generating about $200,000 in revenue per day.

Twitch’s rule changes were apparently prompted by revelations that ItsSliker had run a variety of financial scams against other streamers. In a Twitch stream over the weekend, Sliker admitted to “borrowing” money from other hosts and said he fell into a gambling addiction that started with betting on the CS skin. : GO and turned into a game with real money.

On the stream, Sliker said he intended to repay people the sums, although some of those he had borrowed money from from screenshots shared on social media in which the streamer insisted that a variety of incidents meant they never received the money.

In the UK, problem gambling assistance can be found through GamCare on 0808 8020 133. In the US, the National Council on Problem Gambling is on 800-522-4700. In Australia, Gambling Help Online is available on 1800 858 858 and the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007

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