The well-known streaming service Twitch will ban online casino streams from now on. The shock about this news is also big in Germany, as there are also very successful gambling streamers there, who generate a large part, if not all of their income through direct cooperation with online providers on the platform. Already a few months ago, Twitch banned casino streamers from including advertising links in their streams. However, since this ban was not observed or repeatedly circumvented, Twitch is now apparently resorting to tougher measures that will massively minimize the income of the streamers.
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Unregulated casinos are affected
If you take a closer look at Twitch’s press release, it describes that all unregulated casino streams will be banned starting this fall, October 18, 2022 to be exact. However, what exactly is meant by “unregulated” is still up in the air. In any case, online casino streams that link to certain gambling providers are to be banned. Practice will probably show which gambling providers will continue to be tolerated and which streaming offers will be banned. There is already a bit of light in the darkness, as Twitch has already published a preliminary list that will probably be excluded from the streaming service. These include Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Roobet.com and Duebits.com.
Sports betting will be endured
Live broadcasts of sports betting, poker and fantasy sports will still be allowed. By banning unregulated casinos, the streaming service probably wants to dampen the fierce criticism of Twitch somewhat and address the issue of player protection more. Among other things, it is still questionable where the online providers have to be regulated. It is assumed that this includes casinos (especially crypto casinos) that are not regulated in the U.S. or elsewhere. Likewise, top paying online casino in NZ with a valid Curacao gambling license are said to be wobbling on Twitch. This will undoubtedly lead to a severe loss of revenue for many streamers.
If you are already streaming with one of the providers listed above, it is probably advisable to look for alternatives in the near future.
Twitch’s decision is undoubtedly drastic and will significantly reduce the income of many streamers, but ultimately also serves player protection. Whether other streaming services such as YouTube Gaming or Mixer will follow suit remains to be seen. In any case, casino streams on Twitch will soon become a thing of the past – at least for some providers and streamers.