Twitch Streamer’s claim that he scammed people out of $200,000 into feeding his gambling habit led to an uproar among users and a response from the streaming platform this week.
Abraham Muhammed, also known as streamer Slicker, revealed via his Saturday broadcast that he got money from Twitch and broadcast viewers after claiming he needed to borrow it to avoid financial problems, Kotaku said.
He then said he actually intended to use the money to feed his gambling addiction to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the site reported.
The discovery caused major players including Devin Nash, Pokimane and Mizkif to support boycott plans around Christmas week that could require Twitch to make a statement about and sponsor gambling streams.
Kotaku reported that Twitch creators asserted that “wealthy creators promoted harmful content to vulnerable young audiences” across the platform through gambling.
Twitch has responded to the backlash and possible boycotts of streamers by announcing its plan to ban certain gambling sites from broadcasting on its platform.
The platform tweeted Tuesday that it plans to ban sites that include gambling, roulette or dice games “that are not licensed either in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection.”
Twitch policy change is scheduled for October 18th.
Twitch said it plans to block streaming sites like Duelbits.com, Rollbit.com, Stake.com, and Roobet.com, and may select more sites in the future.
Twitch said the policy change will not affect sports betting, fantasy sports and poker.
streamers like Pokimane, who amassed over 312,000 likes to express their support for the ban on gambling streams“We all did it,” he wrote after Tuesday’s policy change.
Nash, who emphasized that the ban was “not a gambling ban” in a series of tweets on Twitter, wrote that the policy change leaves room for continued gambling on Twitch.
“We will need to see the full effects of this policy update on October 18. In its current form, this is not close to banning gambling out of luck,” Nash wrote.
“We must hold Twitch accountable as a platform to do the right thing, as they only seem to be responding to extraordinary pressures.”