A Twitch streamer’s claim that he scammed people over $200,000 to feed his gambling habit has caused an uproar among users and backlash from the streaming platform this week.
Kotaku reports that Abraham Mohamed, also known as streamer Slicker, revealed via his stream on Saturday that he has received a lot of attention from Twitch viewers and fans after claiming he needed to borrow to avoid financial issues. Received money from streamers.
He then said that he actually intended to use the money to feed a gambling addiction for the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the website reported.
The revelation prompted top streamers including Devin Nash, Pokemon, and Mizkiff to support plans for a boycott around Christmas week, which would call on Twitch to make a statement about gambling streams and sponsorships.
Kotaku reported that Twitch content creators have argued that “rich creators promote harmful content to young, influential fans” via the platform as a means of gambling.
Twitch responded to the potential for backlash and boycotts of streamers by announcing its plans to ban the streaming of certain gambling sites on its platform.
The platform tweeted Tuesday that it plans to ban sites that contain slots, roulette or dice games that are “not licensed in the US or other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection.”
Twitch’s policy change is due on October 18.
Twitch said it plans to ban streaming sites such as Duelbits.com, Rollbit.com, Stake.com and Roobet.com, and may identify more sites going forward.
The policy change will not affect sports betting, fantasy sports and poker, Twitch said.
Streamers like Pokémon, Collecting over 312,000 likes expressing support for a ban on gambling streamswrote “we did it all” after the policy change on Tuesday.
Nash, who emphasized that the ban was “not a gambling ban” in a Twitter thread, wrote that the policy change leaves room for gambling to exist on Twitch.
“We will need to see the full effects of this policy update on October 18. In its current words, it is not even close to a fortune-based gambling ban,” Nash wrote.
“We must hold Twitch accountable as a platform for doing the right thing, because they only respond to extraordinary pressure.”