Twitch has announced it will ban the streaming of unlicensed gaming livestreams on its platform as part of an effort to protect users.
A certain number of crypto gaming streams have surfaced on the Amazon-owned site, sparking backlash from some of the platform’s top streamers, who threatened to boycott Twitch if action was not taken.
The ban will prohibit streaming of sites including slots, roulette and dice websites that aren’t licensed in the US or “other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection”.
The ban will come into effect from 18 October.
Twitch said the ban applies to sites including Stake.com, Rollbit.com and Duelbits.com and confirmed that other sites may join them in the future “we move forward.”
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Sports betting, fantasy sports such as fantasy football or poker streams will be allowed to continue on the site.
“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,” a statement from Twitch read.
“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.”
According to Twitch’s community guidelines, streamers are already prohibited from referring viewers to sites that include slots, roulette or dice games alongside sharing affiliate links or referral codes.
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