Twitch announces it will ban users from streaming unlicensed gambling content

Twitch on Tuesday announced a ban on streaming unlicensed gambling sites, including slots, roulette and dice websites, starting next month.

Twitch on Tuesday announced a ban on streaming unlicensed gambling sites, including slots, roulette and dice websites, starting next month.

Sites that will be prohibited include Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com. More websites may be banned later, Twitch said in a statement on Twitter. Websites focusing on sports betting, fantasy sports and poker will still be permitted.

Some of Twitch's biggest streamers — such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo and Devin Nash — threatened a boycott of the platform during the week of Christmas, Kotaku reported.

While gambling streams are not new to the platform, in recent years some on the platform have argued that "rich creators promoted potentially harmful content to young, impressionable fans," according to Kotaku. A number of creators have been pushing Twitch to do something about online gambling streams, citing potential dangers to younger users. Some have used the hashtag #twitchstopgambling on Twitter to raise awareness about the gambling streams.

Most recently, Twitch users expressed outrage after a streamer known as Sliker said he scammed his followers and other Twitch streamers out of money in the video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In a video uploaded Saturday, Sliker, whose real name is Abraham Mohammed, teared up after he claimed that he scammed people out of more than $200,000 to feed his gambling addiction.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/twitch-announces-will-ban-users-streaming-unlicensed-gambling-content-rcna48663


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