Twitch has made a substantial policy adjustment in response to growing concerns about the proliferation of gambling streams on the network. Twitch said on Twitter that it will block the broadcasting of gambling websites that contain slots, roulette, and dice games that are not regulated in the United States and other jurisdictions that "provide adequate consumer protection." Twitch pledges to post the complete policy text and further facts before the policy change takes effect on October 18th.
So far, the list of prohibited websites includes some of the most well-known names in the industry, such as Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com. Not surprising, given the abundance of streams on Twitch including gambling content from those domains. Twitch says it "may identify others" in the future, so the list of prohibited websites is likely to increase. However, the website will continue to accept websites that specialize on certain sorts of gambling material, such as sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker.
Twitch published the statement after some of the platform's most prominent streamers, like Pokimane and DevinNash, threatened to boycott it over the Christmas season if gambling broadcasts and sponsorships were not prohibited. They came together in reaction to one streamer's revelation that he had duped fans and other streamers out of about $200,000 to fund his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive addiction. According to Kotaku, CS:GO has weapon skins with real-world monetary worth, and gambling websites utilize them as casino chips. The disclosure revived the debate around gambling streams on Twitch, with many pointing out that they may lead to deceptive behavior by broadcasters and be harmful to the website's young users.