Twitch has restricted the broadcast of dice, roulette, slot machines, and other gambling-related activities.
The controversy erupted after Twitch TV host “ItsSliker” admitted to extorting thousands of dollars in loans from viewers and other streamers without paying them back. Following calls from users such as Pokimane and others to the site to ban gambling, Twitch stepped up and took action by completely banning live gambling broadcasts. Here is a video where ItSliker admits to his gambling fiasco:
Now the organization has retaliated by outlawing dice, slot machines or roulette. The restriction will be in effect from October 18, 2022 .
itsSliker has admitted to defrauding friends and subscribers of hundreds of thousands of dollars by fabricating statements to block bank accounts and other similar scams. The British streamer claimed that due to his huge gambling debt, which he claims accumulated after he became addicted to gambling through Counter -Strike: Global Offensive , he had to turn to other users for loans, but he could not to repay.
However, the bans are also expected to affect several other well-known broadcasters. Felix Lengyel and Tyler Faraz Niknam , two streamers, received sponsorship deals from Stake.com to broadcast their online gambling games. In addition to giving the victims back their money and help from Ludwig Agren , xQc helped people who were affected by itsSliker scam.
The gambling issue has been dealt with by Twitch before, which amended its policy in 2021 to try to prevent broadcasters from providing links or referral codes to dice, slot or roulette websites. Despite this, gambling continues to spread throughout the platform.
A Bloomberg article claims that gambling thrives on Twitch due to gambling firms paying broadcasters to participate in online gaming. Streamers like xQc often stream slots to an audience of up to 70,000 and partner with cryptocurrency gaming sites. This decision by Twitch will be critical to ending such activity; however, this may result in loss of the audience.