Twitch takes a strong stance against gambling content.Twitch's policy will be updated to prohibit the streaming of gambling sites

Twitch, a live streaming network, has announced that it will block certain sorts of gambling content based on jurisdiction.

Twitch’s policy will be updated to prohibit the streaming of gambling sites with slots, roulette, or dice games that are not licenced in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide ‘significant consumer protection.’

Twitch specifically mentioned four websites that would be prohibited from being played on its platform: Roobet, Stake, Rollbit, and Duelbits. Some of these names have been referenced before in the context of esports.

Twitch takes a strong stance against gambling content.Twitch's policy will be updated to prohibit the streaming of gambling sites
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Roobet sponsored Astralis for a very brief period earlier this year. The agreement was cancelled in less than two days due to what Astralis alleged was a lack of due diligence on ‘local legal problems’ by the organisation.

Meanwhile, Duelbits is a sponsor of Brazilian esports organisation paiN Gaming and has partnered with Esports betting odds supplier Oddin.gg.

Sharing gambling site URLs or referral codes was already prohibited on the network, but many in Twitch’s community, including high-profile streamers, had long asked that the platform take additional action.

It’s worth noting that gambling content on Twitch will not be overtly prohibited, with US-licensed websites appearing to be exempt. Twitch stated that the platform will continue to support gambling, sports betting, and fantasy sports websites.

Twitch has indicated that their new policy will take effect on October 18th, with further detailed revisions to its gambling policy coming soon.

Twitch gambling material has long been a source of contention. However, the debate of banning gambling on Twitch was recently brought to light by Pokimane’s remark. This message came after streamer ItsSliker admitted to scamming friends and fans to fund his sports betting addiction.

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