Streamers Disapprove Twitch's Double Standards on Gambling
Twitch has begun enforcing its ban on gambling, as announced on September 20 with an update to the platform's community guidelines. The new policy includes a ban on sites containing unlicensed slots, roulette, and dice games in the U.S. and other jurisdictions, including popular platforms like Stake.com and Rollbit.com. However, Twitch has yet to place a ban on sports betting, which has been criticized by some streamers.
Despite the ban, there are still numerous gambling streams available on Twitch, leading to frustration from some streamers who have been penalized for breaking the rules. Notably, streaming mega star xQc called out Twitch for double standards on gambling streams when watching Neymar Jr openly gambling live on stream despite a ban on this type of content.
xQc expressed disappointment in the inconsistency of Twitch's enforcement of the policy and highlighted that he and others would be banned immediately if they streamed similar content.
This seems like some pick and choose bulls***. I don’t want to be some anti-Twitch bandwagoner, but this is some pretty big pick, and choose dogs*** based on current outrage situation to feed the morons.
If me and Train (Trainwrecks) started doing this on that site, it will probably get banned within like 4 days.
The controversy surrounding gambling on Twitch highlights the challenges of enforcing policies in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. The platform must balance the interests of its users with the need to uphold community standards and comply with legal regulations. However, it remains unclear why Twitch has yet to ban sports betting despite the ban on other forms of gambling.
As Twitch continues to grapple with the issue of gambling content, it is likely that the platform will face ongoing criticism from both streamers and users. It will be interesting to see how Twitch responds to this feedback and whether they will adjust their policies to reflect the concerns of their community. In the meantime, streamers and viewers alike must navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of online content moderation.