Twitch has issued a statement on Twitter explaining that significant changes to its Terms of Service are on the way.
These changes will have a direct impact on the numerous gambling streams that have permeated the platform in recent months, leading to rising concerns.
While these changes do not result in a complete ban on gambling streams, they do go some way toward addressing one of the most popular wildfire trends to erupt on the platform in recent years.
For several months, the ‘gambling meta’ has been led by the likes of xQc, arguably the most popular Twitch streamer on the platform. Some creators will spend hours gambling on stream, sometimes losing millions of dollars. There are active partnerships forming between gambling platforms and top-tier streamers, which has added significant fuel to the fire in recent months.
Twitch is now working to reduce community backlash by addressing the growth of gambling streams.
Twitch Will Prohibit Popular Platforms
‘… prohibit the streaming of gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games that aren’t licensed in the United States or other consumer-protective jurisdictions.’
Twitch then went on to openly name a number of platforms, including:
This list, however, was capped with an end note implying that more platforms could be restricted:
‘… we may identify others as we move forward.’ The TOS change was expanded further, confirming that websites ‘that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker’ would still be permitted to be streamed on the Twitch platform. These changes will take effect on the Twitch platform on October 18, 2022.
A white-hot wave of controversy recently erupted in the Twitch community, as scandals began to spill into the public eye. According to reports, Sliker, allegedly scammed viewers and fellow creators out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund his gambling addiction.
Twitch was effectively forced to act as other stories emerged and people like Pokimane and Mizkif voiced public opposition to gambling streams.
Is the devastation already done?
During the gambling scandals, infamous Twitch streamer Dr Disrespect blasted Twitch:
Twitch and Dr Disrespect have had a rocky relationship since the latter was mysteriously banned from the platform in 2020 and has since relocated to YouTube Gaming.
At the moment, the Twitch platform appears to be in a constant state of flux. Twitch has had a difficult year, with disputes between the platform and its highest-paid streamers, allegations of scams, hate raids, and poor payment structures.
As previously stated, the changes to the Twitch Terms of Service will go into effect on October 18th.
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