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Some gaming content has been banned on Twitch after one of its streamers allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from fans and other streamers to fuel a gaming habit.
The streaming giant, which is owned by Amazon, said in a press release Tuesday that it would ban content that included “slots, roulette, or dice games that are not authorized in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.”
Streams focused on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker will still be allowed on Twitch.
“Gaming 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,” the company said. “While we prohibit the sharing of links or referral codes to any sites that include slots, roulette or dice games, we have seen some people circumvent these rules and expose our community to potential harm. .”
The policy change will affect sites including Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com and Roobet.com, but the company said it may identify others that would be banned.
Twitch has committed to sharing the full language of the policy update before it goes into effect on October 18.
The news comes after several Twitch streamers threatened to boycott the platform after a streamer known as Sliker, whose real name is Abraham Mohammed, allegedly misled people into giving him at least $200,000. to play, Kotaku reported.
Mohammed said during a Saturday stream that he had become addicted to gambling in the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. “Don’t touch it, man,” he warned viewers of the game.
Among those who took to Twitch to remove betting content was Imane Anys, the popular streamer known as Pokimane.
“[W]I did y’all,” Anys tweeted Tuesday shortly after Twitch’s announcement. “[P]public pressure, tweets, awareness, everything.”