Twitch will update its policy regarding Gambling content, aka gambling and casinos, at a time when it is under criticism due to the proliferation of this modality on its platform.
In a recently published statement, Twitch states that it will introduce new rules on October 18th, “prohibiting the transmission of gambling sites that include slots, roulettes or craps games that are not licensed in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient protection to the consumer.”
Some of the currently most popular sites on the platform will be banned, such as Stake, Rollbit, Duelbits, and Roobet. Twitch also made a point of clarifying that it will be able to identify more sites as the new rules are implemented and that some ‘gambling’ modalities will not be affected, such as Poker, ‘Fantasy sports’ and sports betting.
This announcement comes at a time when some of the most popular content creators on the platform, including HasanAbi, Pokimane and Asmongold, have asked Twitch to ban this type of content on the platform. Some of them even discussed organizing a boycott over Christmas, a particularly valuable time in terms of publicity.
Added to this is the recent controversy with Sliker, a prominent content creator who allegedly cheated his viewers and friends by asking him for a total of over $200,000 to finance his gambling addiction.
Twitch already has some measures in place when it comes to gambling. In 2021, Twitch updated its policies to prevent streamers from sharing links or referral codes to slots, roulette, or craps sites. However, not only have streamers found ways to circumvent this rule, but it has not stopped this content from proliferating on the platform.
It should be noted that these new rules do not translate into an immediate total ban on all gambling content on the platform, although they are specifically aimed at some of the biggest betting and gambling sites used by streamers.