Twitch Goes DEFCON 1 Against Gambling Websites

Twitch is reinforcing its decision to ban gambling content and has expanded its list of prohibited sites in a recent policy update.

Gambling streams have been banned on Twitch for almost a year, and it appears that the platform is committed to maintaining this policy. In 2022, the presence of roulette and slots broadcasts sparked controversy on the platform, leading prominent streamers like Pokimane to call for a ban.

In response, Twitch took action and prohibited gambling sites that offered dice or slots games without proper licensing in the US or sufficient consumer protection measures.

On August 2, 2023, Twitch provided an update on the success of its policy and added two more sites, Blaze and Gamdom, to the list of prohibited platforms. Gamdom is an online crypto casino, while Blaze is a standard gambling website. Twitch reiterated its commitment to protecting the community, addressing predatory behavior, and ensuring the platform’s safety.

According to Twitch, gambling viewership has seen a significant drop of 75% since the ban last year. The platform highlighted that sports betting and poker-related content are still allowed, but other forms of gambling have been restricted.

Twitch emphasized the immediate impact of the policy change, stating that the community has been better protected from scams and related harms.

Despite Twitch’s continued stance on gambling content, rival streaming platform Kick has emerged, offering streamers the option to engage in gambling without facing repercussions. In response to the gambling ban on Twitch, Kick has attracted top talent, including popular streamers like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, signing them to lucrative contracts.

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