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Livestreaming Platform Twitch Bans Gambling

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World-famous live streaming platform Twitch has announced a partial ban on gambling, including slots, roulettes, and dice games. The ban, which will take effect on 18th October 2022, includes cryptocurrency-based gambling sites such as Stake.com. Twitch also bars any videos that promote gambling sites, which are not licensed in the US, such as Stake.com, which is based in Curacao.

Twitch posted officially on Twitter that even though they prohibit sharing links and codes related to slots, roulette, or dice games, people have somehow found a way to beat the system and go against those rules to expose the community to danger. In addition to Stake.com, some famous banned websites include Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com. However, sports betting, poker, and fantasy games are not a part of the ban.

Gambling on virtual slot machines has been particularly famous on Twitch and has been the 10th most popular type of content watched on the website. Streamers also take advantage of gambling websites, which pay them a large sum of money for advertising their platform and also give them money each month to gamble with. One such streamer, Tyler “Trainwreckstv” Niknam, claims that a gambling site pays him more than $1 million monthly to gamble.

Even though many streamers were making large amounts of money from gambling platforms, many noticeable personalities either left Twitch or raised their voice in concern about how damaging gambling is for the streaming website. Devin Nash, a former Twitch streamer, claims that he left Twitch due to their gambling streams and added that they are particularly damaging to young users. After the Twitch ban, streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys took to Twitter to celebrate the ban on certain types of gambling.

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