Twitch Bans Live Broadcasts of Crypto Gambling as Top Streamers Threaten Boycott
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Twitch Bans Live Broadcasts of Crypto Gambling as Top Streamers Threaten Boycott

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From Oct. 18, live broadcasts of slots, roulette and dice games on sites including Stake.com, Rollbit.com and Duelbits.com will be prohibited.

Twitch Bans Live Broadcasts of Crypto Gambling as Top Streamers Threaten Boycott

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Twitch has announced that it's going to start clamping down on crypto gambling content.

From Oct. 18, live broadcasts of slots, roulette and dice games on sites including Stake.com, Rollbit.com and Duelbits.com will be prohibited.

In a statement on Twitter, the streaming site admitted that gambling content has been "a big topic of discussion" in the community, adding:

"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."

Sites that aren't licensed in the U.S. or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection will be banned, and others may be identified going forward.

But platforms focused on sports betting, fantasy football and poker will still be allowed.

Some streamers have boasted that they secured sponsorships worth more than $1 million a month from sites like Stake.com.

But there have been fears that the prominence of crypto gambling content has led some users to lose substantial amounts of money or develop an addiction.

Some top Twitch stars have threatened to boycott the site unless action was taken.

Earlier this month, one streamer admitted that he had scammed fans and other Twitch creators out of $200,000 to fund an addiction to betting on Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

This was not crypto related, as rare skins were being used to bet on the outcome of games.

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