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Twitch targets gambling streams with new policy update

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After announcing new regulations, Twitch is looking to ban all links and referral codes related to online gambling.

Update: Twitch announced new policy changes on the 19th of September on their Twitter account. The new rules will start applying as of the 18th of October and include prohibiting streaming of gambling sites that are not "licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection."

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Full tweet by Twitch on Twitter about their new rules.

New policies were put in place for Twitch, the most popular streaming service in the world.

Recently, Twitch has come under fire for many different reasons. The most recent outcry from streamers on the platform is for Twitch to put an end to “hate raids” that attack those using the service and threaten them as they interact with their followers.

While Twitch has done very little to see to this very important matter, they have released a new policy that looks to cut out steamers who share gambling content.

Twitch streamers speak out

Gambling in every form is often under scrutiny and the call for stricter rules and regulations regarding this is always on the cards. After a popular World of Warcraft streamer by the name of Asmongold tweeted that Twitch should ban gambling streams back in June of 2021, the ball has been rolling for this to take place.

Asmongold was soon followed by other popular streamers including Adin Ross, Pokimane (Imane Anys), H3H3 (Ethan Klein), xQc (Félix Lengyel) and TrainWrecks (Tyler Faraz Niknam), who all said that gambling streams are promoting reckless behaviour.

While these streamers are now calling for gambling streams to be axed, a number of them, including Adin and xQc have done gambling deals on their own streams in the past.

New Twitch gambling policy

Twitch claims to always be looking for ways to protect viewers from harm and scams. Because of this promise, the streaming company recently released a creator update that called for an end to certain aspects of gambling streams.

The new policy does not state that gambling streams can’t take place on the platform, but instead, it says that creators will no longer be able to share affiliate links or referral codes. Any links or codes that point users to sites that offer real-money online slots, roulette, or various dice games will be banned.

The full creator update statement by Twitch reads:

“To prevent harm and scams created by questionable gambling services that sponsor content on Twitch, we will prohibit sharing links and/or referral codes to sites that offer slots, roulette, or dice games. We will continue to monitor gambling-related content and update our approach as needed. To give you time to remove this content from your channel, enforcement will be delayed until August 17, 2021.”

While this may be a step in the right direction, streamers can simply continue to film the content they normally do while sharing the links elsewhere. Many streamers on Twitch have large followings on other platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.

The referral links could simply be shared there which means that this new policy by Twitch seems to be another case of lip service, rather than a change that really protects users.

Fake wins at crypto casinos

Once again, there seems to be a lot of discourse about Twitch and the gambling industry. In a recent article released by CasinoWow, we asked the question: Are big wins at crypto casinos fake?

After months of large streamers spending hours playing at crypto casinos with what seems to be “fake” funds, there are many harmful practices that could develop because of these streams.

As the new regulations and policies come into play, we’ll keep you informed so be sure to visit CasinoWow regularly for more information.

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