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Twitch Bans Some Gambling Content After Outcry From Streamers: NPR

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Some gaming content has been banned from Twitch after one of its streamers allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from fans and other streamers to fuel the gaming habit.

The streaming giant, owned by Amazon, said in a statement on Tuesday that would ban content that featured “slots, roulette, or dice games that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.”

Streams focused on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker will continue to be allowed on Twitch.

“Gambling content on Twitch has been a huge topic of discussion in the community, and something we’ve been actively reviewing since our last policy update in this area,” the company said. “While we prohibit sharing links or referral codes to all sites that include slots, roulette or craps games, we have seen some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.”

The policy change will affect sites like Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com, but the company said it could identify others that would be banned.

Twitch has pledged to share the full language of the policy update before it goes into effect on October 18.

The news comes after several Twitch streamers threatened to boycott the platform after a streamer known as Sliker, whose real name is Abraham Mohammed, allegedly tricked people into giving him at least $200,000 to bet Kotaku. reported.

Muhammad said during a broadcast the saturday he got addicted to betting on the game counter strike global offensive. “Don’t touch it, man,” he warned viewers about betting.

Among those calling on Twitch to remove gambling content was Imane Anys, the popular streamer known as Pokimane.

“[W]We all did it,” Anys tweeted on Tuesday shortly after the Twitch announcement. “[P]public pressure, tweets, awareness, it all matters.”


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