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The live streaming platform has evolved over the past five years into a veritable hub of activity for players and, in turn, online gaming companies including PokerStars, the WSOP and the WPT. However, in a statement released on Tuesday, Twitch executives confirmed that gambling content will be subject to stricter controls.
According to the statement, gambling content has been a “big topic of discussion” in recent months, and after reviewing company policies, executives have pulled the plug on unlicensed ads. In particular, streamers will not be able to promote online gambling businesses that are not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that offer “adequate consumer protections.”
Twitch is committed to a responsible gaming culture
The decision follows an increase in the number of paid promotions targeting unlicensed slots, casinos and craps sites. Some of the most notorious criminals who have been banned from paying streamers to promote their products are Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com.
The good news for poker players and sports bettors is that these activities will not be affected as the new restrictions will mainly focus on unlicensed casinos. However, Twitch also reserves the right to ban streamers promoting poker rooms, sportsbook and fantasy sportsbook sites that are not licensed in at least one recognized jurisdiction.
Twitch’s tweet received a number of retweets and comments. Among the 18,000+ comments were questions about the decision, both in relation to gambling and Twitch content in general. SupaCoop30 was confused as to why Twitch wouldn’t ban all gambling content. Joe Hassert, aka BigJoeShow, pointed out that it was a regulatory issue.
“Because it’s unregulated and they’re running out of countries that can allow casinos to engage in shady business practices,” Hassert tweeted.
He also pointed out that the sites specifically named by Twitch are unregulated crypto casinos.
“They specifically target crypto casinos. There are many more that they haven’t listed,” continued Hassert.
Hassert’s attitude is consistent with the evolution of online gambling over the past decade. Responsible gaming guidelines and improved player protection have become major issues around the world. Not only online gambling providers are bound by these regulations, but also partners.
Player protection is a priority
In fact, here at Gambling.com we only work with legit online sportsbooks, casinos and poker sites. Basically, we comply with national regulations by promoting only licensed operators that comply with national regulations. The result is that you get access to high quality, secure online gambling sites.
Twitch wants the same level of protection for its 140 million monthly active users. By restricting content and only allowing streamers to promote licensed operators, the platform will not face any legal problems. Additionally, it will help protect viewers from unlicensed and potentially unsafe gambling sites.
Gaming expert Pierre Lindh called the news “bad” for many major streamers but “good news for legit ones”. Other Twitch users felt that there were major issues on the platform e.g. B. that people use them as an alternative to OnlyFans.
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– “… Now everything is good.” (@RespectElves) September 21, 2022
Kim Dotcom gives his opinion
A prominent figure in the online world, Kim Schmitz aka Kim Dotcom, said the move was “better late than never”.
Convicted by the Justice Department in a high-profile computer fraud case, the founder of Megaupload has campaigned extensively against unregulated gambling content.
Many Thanks @Pull out. Better late than never. My lobbying in partnership with several high profile business leaders and celebrities contributed to this decision @Amazon HQ (owner of Twitch). It all started with this blog post: https://t.co/ip0pcdOE7x https://t.co/ZEm1tG2JFo
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 20, 2022
In an article he published on Substack, Kim Dotcom questioned how Twitch can ensure that underage people are not exposed to online gambling. He also pointed out that many streamers make big bucks promoting online casinos, with one (uncredited) making $60 million a year.
Twitch appears to be walking the middle ground between a total ban, as suggested by Kim Dotcom, and phasing out advertising for unlicensed sites. By allowing streamers to work with licensed companies and no one else, the problem of underage gambling is essentially eliminated.
This is because operators like PokerStars, 888 and BetMGM Poker all use geolocation and identity verification. These tools ensure customers are in a regulated region and are old enough to gamble. So, by restricting content to licensed gambling sites, Twitch is moving in line with the new culture of responsible gambling at all levels.
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