Twitch bans Gambling

Riyana Padillo and Katy Xu

Certain online gambling content will now be banned on Twitch starting October 18. “Unlicensed slots, roulette games, or dice games that don’t provide sufficient consumer protection are prohibited on Twitch,” reports NPR. The popular live streaming service owned by Amazon made the move after the streamer Abraham “ItsSliker” Mohammed confessed to borrowing over $200,000 from followers and other Twitch streamers he called his friends over several years to pay off gambling debts (Washington Post). Supports of the ban feel this will protect younger viewers from developing harmful gambling addictions. Twitch streamers Pokimane, Mizkif, and Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker all approved of the ban. Along with Stake, Rollbit, Duelbits, and Roobet also have been banned, but poker and sports betting are still allowed on the platform.

Online gambling on Twitch rose to popularity after top streamers were offered partnerships where they earned close to $1 million without even playing the games. The streamer Tyler “Trainwreck” Niknam pulled in “over $1 million per month from his Stake sponsorship alone,” and won $14 million while playing slots on Twitch reports Nathan Grayson of The Washington Post. 21-year-old Adin Ross was earning close to $4 million per month from Stake. Stake was the preferred gambling site because it accepts crypto deposits, making it easier to use than bank deposits.

This online gambling ban comes at a time when top Twitch streamers are gathering at TwitchCon in San Diego. Musician Megan Thee Stallion was invited to perform at the annual event that is expecting 90,000 fans in attendance at the San Diego Convention Center over three days starting October 7.