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Twitch bans all unregulated and unlicensed casino streams 28/09/22
• Streaming giant Twitch, owned by Amazon, will ban all unregulated and unlicensed casinos from streaming on their platform from 18th Oct, 2022.
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“Gambling content on Twitch has been a big topic of discussion in the community and something we’ve been actively reviewing since our last policy update in this area,” the company said. “Today, we want to update you on our plans. While we prohibit sharing links or referral codes to all sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games, we’ve seen some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.

“We’ll be making a policy update on 18 October to prohibit streaming of gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games that aren’t licensed either in the US or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.”

While streamers await further clarity on exactly which sites will be banned, Twitch singled out four cryptocurrency casinos as being impacted:, Rollbit, Duelbits and Roobet, suggesting the crypto gaming sector as a whole will likely be the main target of the ban. All four operators are licensed from Curaçao, meaning Curaçao licensees in general are likely to be impacted by the rules, but the status of sites licensed from other point-of-supply markets may be less clear.

Twitch added that it will “continue to allow websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports and poker”.

However, its focus on websites rather than the games themselves suggests that streaming of these games could still be banned if they are being played on a website that Twitch deems to be casino-first.

The platform said it would provide full details of the policy soon so that “everyone is clear on our new rules before they take effect on October 18th”.

While the site has banned users from actively referring their viewers to gambling sites, it has done little to prevent the spread of sponsored streams. In July 2021, one streamer told Wired Magazine that they could earn more than $30,000 (£26,500) an hour for sharing footage of themselves gambling.

Other streamers have had even more direct links with gambling: Richard Bengston, a member of eSports group FaZe, who owns a website that lets users gamble with CS:GO skins (in-game items that have a cash value), has said that at its peak, the site was making about $200,000 in revenue a day.

Twitch’s rule changes were apparently prompted by the revelations that ItsSliker had run a variety of financial scams against fellow streamers. In a Twitch stream over the weekend, Sliker admitted to “borrowing” money from other hosts, and said he had fallen into a gambling addiction that started with CS:GO skin betting and escalated into gambling with real money.