Streaming of unlicensed gambling sites banned on Twitch, poker streamers unaffected

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The streaming service Twitch has declared that it will prohibit the broadcasting of unlicensed “gambling sites that contain slots, roulette, or dice games,” which is the most recent step in the dispute about gambling streams on the site.

Following a recent controversy surrounding the streamer Silker, who is accused of defrauding other streamers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in order to support his gambling addiction, the policy change, which takes effect on October 18, applies to sites “that aren’t licensed either in the U.S. or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.”

There are hundreds of gambling streams on Twitch that draw large audiences at any given moment. The incident caused some of the platform’s largest broadcasters to demand a ban on these streams, and also left many poker streamers unsure about their futures.

Twitch’s announcement addressed the concerns of poker broadcasters as they stated: “we will continue to allow websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker.”

HasanAbii, Mizkif, and Pokimane, three well-known streamers who participated in the Hustler Casino Live stream’s Creator Poker Night previously this year, called out Silker for defrauding them and others through money that he borrowed and utilized to gamble. This discussion about gambling streams on Twitch then began.

The Verge, a tech publication, claims that Silker employed well-known financial scamming methods, stating that his bank account had been frozen and therefore he needed money to pay bills and furthermore stay solvent until his bank would release the funds.

“Sympathetic streamers then sent him large sums of money with the expectation they would be paid back, but it would take months or sometimes years for the money to be repaid, if it was at all,” The Verge reported.

Leading streamers urged Twitch to outlaw gambling websites, claiming that the network has been marketing these sites to children and encouraging gambling addiction.