Live streaming giant Twitch has announced that it will be introducing a new policy next month to ban the streaming of gambling sites on its platform.
As announced in a Tweet yesterday, Twitch will make a policy update on October 18th that will prohibit the streaming of gambling websites that include video slots, roulette or dice games that aren’t licensed in the United States or other jurisdictions that “provide sufficient consumer protection”.
Twitch then confirmed that some of the sites blacklisted include Stake.com, Duelbits.com, Roobet.com, and Rollbit.com, with more to be identified as the platform moves forward with its ban.
An update on gambling on Twitch. pic.twitter.com/lckNTY9Edo
— Twitch (@Twitch) September 20, 2022
Under the platform’s current rules, the sharing of links or referral codes to sites that include video slots, roulette or dice games is prohibited.
In the statement, Twitch confirmed that it will continue to allow users to stream websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker, and it will share updates to the gambling policy, including its whole language, before they take effect on October 18th.
Twitch’s announcement comes after several popular Twitch streamed banded together and threatened to boycott the platform if it didn’t ban gambling streams and sponsorships.
Streamers and fans have long called for a ban after one streamer admitted to asking viewers and fellow streamers for loans to gamble with. A Bloomberg UK report also suggests that some fans have become “hooked” on gambling after watching their favourite streamers do so.
The announcement was praised by several big-name Twitch streamers and viewers, although some were quick to point out that Twitch continues to allow hot tub streams.