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Twitch unlicensed streaming ban comes into force

Posted: Oct 19, 2022 15:20 Category: Responsible Gaming , Sportsbetting ,

Amazon-owned live streaming service, Twitch, confirmed it had banned all streams from unlicensed gambling sites, and gave additional guidance on its policies. 

Twitch tightens ban after users’ disobedience

According to Twitch, last year, in order to address scams from suspicious gambling sites, the company decided to forbid sharing links or referral codes to sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games. However, after carefully reviewing all the users’ actions, the company realised some users managed to bypass those rules and decided to implement additional measures. 

Still, Twitch stressed that the ban does not include betting on sports or poker, but it will act to limit the spread of gambling content on the streaming site. The ban officially came into force on 18 October. 

It its note, Twitch said it prohibits any streaming of listed sites that contain slots, roulette, and dice games and are unlicensed in the U.S. or other jurisdictions that offer consumer protections like deposit limits, waiting periods, and age verification systems. This updated policy applies to all global community members, and covers all domain extensions of these sites including free social versions. Linking to these sites in chat is also prohibited.

Twitch hurries ban because of money scam

Twitch’s ban came after U.K.-based streamer ItsSliker, who gained some popularity back in 2019 after appearing on game show streams, was accused of misleading Twitch figures into loaning him significant sums of cash. A few days ago, he  confirmed he “borrowed” money from other hosts and said he had developed a gambling addiction. 

The company, however, said it will send out “warnings in addition to suspensions in applicable cases to be fairer to streamers who may not have understood the change yet”.   

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