After years of silence, Twitch  announced on Tuesday that it’s banning the streaming of unregulated gambling on its platform. It’s about damn time

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2022-09-21 13:30:13

After years of silence, Twitch announced on Tuesday that it’s banning the streaming of unregulated gambling on its platform. It’s about damn time.

The recent push to ban gambling began last week, after a series of streamers exposed one of their own, British streamer Abraham "Sliker" Mohammed, who allegedly owes his peers somewhere between $200 and $300,000.

In a livestream, Sliker said that he had spent the money he borrowed from other streamers and gaming professionals to cover sports betting debts. That resulted in an aggressive campaign to get unregulated gambling content off Twitch altogether.

In its announcement on Tuesday, Twitch said it will bar all gambling content on websites that aren’t regulated by U.S. gambling restrictions. That includes sites such as Stake, which has invested millions in sponsorships for some of Twitch’s largest creators. It will, however, allow for sports gambling, fantasy sports and poker content to remain on the service.

Twitch’s history with gambling stretches nearly a decade and has seen the site become the premier home of influencer marketing for a revolving door of unregulated gambling websites using in-game items, cryptocurrency and other means of non-fiat money.

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