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After a recent gambling controversy hit the spotlight in Twitch’s community, the streaming service has announced that as of October 18, streaming of any kind of gambling site that includes slots, roulette wheels, or dice games that are not licensed in the United States is prohibited. While they announced a small list of sites included in this ban, it was stated that more could be added if they were identified as harmful.
All of this came about after some of Twitch’s most prolific content creators came together to push the new hashtag, #TwitchStopGambling. A streamer who goes by Sliker was recently called out of his community for his gambling tendencies and has since admitted to borrowing more than $200,000 from his fans and other content creators without paying it back. He first started playing with Counter Strike: Global Offensive skins before moving on to real money. Sliker has since apologized for his actions and says he is seeking rehab for his gambling addiction.
While many of the main casino attractions you would see have been banned from Twitch, this does not have an effect on sports betting, fantasy sports and poker games on the platform. The accompanying tweet says that Twitch will reveal more about their policy change about streaming gambling on their site before the October 18th changes take effect.
Before the ban comes in, you’ll still be able to watch gambling streams on the service, although it’s expected to see this drop quickly as the end date approaches. Even today, since the announcement came out, you can find streaming categories related to slots and other gambling games within the most popular streams on Twitch. The hope is to help mitigate and eliminate possible gaming addictions that are spreading among the Twitch community and can end up being quite harmful.