Twitch responds to gambling controversies with new rules

Twitch has responded to the ongoing debate over gambling streams on the platform. There has been no shortage of controversies over gambling in the influencer space for years. Of course, YouTubers like TmarTn were notoriously attached to a suspicious person Counter-Strike: Global Crime Gambling site. Other YouTubers have come under fire over the years for opening packs in games like FIFA and Call of Duty, promoting unhealthy habits of players. Now, most of the current controversies have arisen from Twitch allowing live streamers with a lot of money to gamble recklessly for thousands of people, many of whom are likely younger viewers.

Over the past several days, there has been increasing pressure on Twitch to create better rules for gambling streams. A streamer known as Sliker was revealed to have been soliciting money from several broadcasters such as xQc and Trainwreckstv due to financial problems and promised to pay it back. The money he received ranged from about $1,000 to over $100,000 and none of it was repaid. Slicker admitted that he was using this money to fund his gambling addiction, which led to concerns about gambling inflows. Starting October 18, Twitch will introduce new rules that will eliminate gambling streams. The new policy will prohibit the broadcasting of gambling sites containing slot machines, roulette or dice games that are not licensed in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection. Sports betting and poker will still be allowed and Twitch will have a full policy for people to read before posting the rules to ensure everyone understands the situation.

The targeting of certain sites such as Stake.com has been confirmed by this new policy and Twitch says it may identify other sites in the future. As of now, it seems that Twitch is trying to ensure as much as possible that no one gets addicted to this aggressive form of gambling, especially as a result of the content on their site. It remains to be seen how the channels that have made a name out of their gambling streams will move.

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