Twitch prohibits streaming of unlicensed gaming sites; How it affects poker streamers

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In the latest development of the game stream debate on Ticthe platform announced that it would ban the streaming of “unlicensed gaming sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games.”

The policy change, which takes effect Oct. 18 and applies to sites “that are not authorized in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection,” follows a recent controversy involving the streamer Silkwho is accused of scamming other streamers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his gaming habits.

The scandal has led some of the platform’s biggest streamers to call for a ban on gambling streams, of which there are hundreds on Twitch which attract tens of thousands of viewers at any given time and leave many poker streamers unsure of their livelihoods.

Poker streamers got their answer in Twitch’s announcement, which stated “we will continue to allow websites focused on sports betting, fantasy sports and poker.”

Push to Ban Gambling Streams

The conversation about gaming streams on Twitch started when high-profile streamers including HasanAbii, Mizkif and Pokimane called Silker, who played on the Live Hustler Casino streams Designers’ poker night earlier this year for defrauding them and others out of money he borrowed and used to gamble.

According to technology outlet The edgeSilker used “well-known financial scam strategies, claiming his bank account had been frozen and he needed the funds to pay his bills and stay afloat until his bank released the funds.”

“Friendly streamers then sent him large sums of money in hopes that they would be refunded, but it would take months or even years for the money to be refunded, if at all,” The edge reported.

Other victims have come forward on social media with receipts from Silker asking for money for years.

Prominent streamers have called on the platform to ban gambling sites, arguing that Twitch promotes these sites to minors and contributes to gambling addiction.

“The game is horrible for the platform”, tweeted former Twitch streamer Devin Nash. “The game is harmful to younger Twitch users, bad for legitimate advertisers, and reduces the quality of the entire site.”

Protect Twitch Poker “at all costs”

The rally to ban gaming content on Twitch has hit close to home for many poker players. In the years since Ball Scott founded Twitch Poker, the platform has become home to countless poker streamers who have made a name for themselves in the industry and landed partnerships with brands like GGPoker and PokerStars.

Lex Veldhuisthe most popular Twitch poker streamer with 306,000 subscribers, said he was fine with Twitch banning game streams, but stressed it was “important to distinguish poker as a game of skill “.

“Very worried, Twitch will put everything in the same bin,” said PokerStars ambassador tweeted.

Lex Veldhuis
Lex Veldhuis

PokerStars Streamer Friend Fintan’s Hand said he hoped that “because we’re in a different category, poker won’t fall under the same general term.”

“It’s so different from slot machines,” he said.

GGPoker Streamer Kevin Martin also chimed in, noting that poker is “a mental sport and very different from casino games” and calling on the platform to “protect poker and poker streamers at all costs.”

Poker streamers react to ban

When Twitch announced the new social media policy, which specifically calls out gaming sites Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com but spares poker and sports betting sites, poker streamers reacted with relief, although their opinions on the ban varied.

Martin thanked Twitch for “keeping poker safe” while noting that he “personally disagrees with the ban but respects the decision.”

“You can’t just ban gaming content,” he said in a previous tweet. “Restrict minors and creators need to be honest about the realities of the game. But just because this guy has a serious addiction doesn’t mean you can just erase this whole field of content.”

Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin

poker streamer Tice Landonwho himself received backlash earlier this summer for promoting online slots to his subscribers, reacted positively to the ban announcement, Tweeter to celebrate that “poker lives on Twitch”.

Kim Hultmana Malta-based casino game streamer who broadcasts on Twitch under the name of LetsGiveItASpin and who appeared in the last season of High stakes pokerwas another streamer who welcomed the ban.

“Finally a win for real money, streamers playing on licensed sites!” tweeted Hultman.

“The way I see it is that they’re trying to get away from the unrealistic sponsored gaming that came with crypto casinos,” Hultman said. PokerNews.