Famous Twitch streamers started arguing about the legality of betting lives on the platform last week. Although they are allowed on the site, gambling broadcasts are not well regarded by some people, especially those who live in countries where casinos are illegal. Last Friday (25), streamer Zack “Asmongold” even suggested that these contents be banned from Twitch.
Gambling sites sponsor money streamers
Betting lives have existed on the platform for years. Channels focused on showing games of chance, such as slot machines and roulette, are often sponsored by the gaming sites themselves, which provide money for the creators to spend on bets for several hours, encouraging others to do the same.
An example is the website stake, known as a “bitcoin casino”. Last month, user Tyler “Trainwrecks” Niknam broadcast a 24-hour betting session to more than two million viewers. In one live moment, he won $400K at once to keep spending on the game. Soon after, the live peaked in views, with several chat messages celebrating Trainwrecks’ supposed victory.
Due to the relationship between gambling sites and streamers, some users of the platform argue that betting lives should be banned from Twitch. On social media, content creators like Trainwrecks have been criticized and called “solds” for accepting casino sponsorships.
In addition, even though most of the audience at the lives is made up of financially independent people who live in countries where casinos are allowed, there is also a portion of underage viewers and VPN users who bypass region locks, violating the laws. O stake, in fact, is prohibited in the US and UK by local laws.
Betting Lives Could Destroy Twitch, Says Asmongold
On Twitter, Asmongold — the biggest streamer in World of Warcraft from Twitch — said gambling broadcasts should be banned from the platform immediately as they could “destroy the site in many ways over the next six months.” “Looking at the European Union’s gambling laws, anyone can see that this isn’t going to end well,” the streamer commented.
Meanwhile, youtuber Jeremy Hambly, from the channel TheQuartering, published a video in which he showed a supposedly leaked conversation between Trainwrecks and Félix “xQc” Lengyel, another streamer who surfed the wave of betting lives. In messages, creators talk about the rules for making lives using the stake, like not showing the name of the site on the screen, creating a new account every time you play and even moving to other countries.
In the case of xQc, the streamer currently lives in Austin, Texas. Fur stake being banned in the US, it is likely that the creator has used VPN to access the gambling site, running the risk of being arrested by the authorities for practicing illegal gambling with cryptocurrencies.
On June 25th, xQc held a live warning that it would stop broadcasting games of chance on Twitch for “personal reasons”. He also mocked the criticism he had received for encouraging betting and took the opportunity to accuse other streamers of receiving money to spend on the stake.
Twitch has focused on banning lives with sexual content
So far, Twitch hasn’t commented on the betting livestreams case. For now, the platform does not prohibit transmissions with games of chance and even maintains a specific category for this type of content, called “Slots”.
It is worth remembering that, in recent days, the site has frequently spoken out about sexual content. Last week, for example, two streamers were banned for doing sexy lives with ASMR and yoga poses.
With information: Kotaku, DotEsports, Ginx, Sportskeeda, TheQuartering.