Twitch is reacting to growing concerns over gambling on its platform by implementing a change of policy and significantly curbing who can stream gambling content.
In an update posted on Twitter, which you can read below, Twitch references the fact gambling has become a big discussion point on the streaming platform. Sharing links or referral codes to sites offering slots, roulette, or dice games is already prohibited, but Twitch admits “we’ve seen some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.”
On Oct. 18, the rules are changing. Twitch will no longer allow streams from gambling sites offering slots, roulette, or dice games, but there is an important caveat. Such streams won’t be allowed for sites that aren’t licensed in the US or “other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.” So gambling website streams aren’t banned entirely, just limited to licensed sites.
Twitch will also continue to allow sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker streams on its platform. Other changes are expected to the gambling policy, but it looks as though we may be left waiting until Oct. 18 to find out exactly what they are.
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