A Twitch streamer’s claim that he scammed people out of over $200,000 to feed his gaming habit created an uproar among users and prompted a response from the streaming platform this week.
Abraham Mohammed, also known as the Sliker streamer, revealed via his stream on Saturday that he got money from Twitch viewers and streamers after claiming he needed to borrow it to avoid financial trouble, Kotaku reported.
He then stated that he actually intended to use the money to fuel a gambling addiction against the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game, the website reported.
The reveal has top streamers including Devin Nash, Pokimane and Mizkif backing boycott plans around Christmas week that would call on Twitch to make a statement about game streams and sponsorships.
Kotaku reported that Twitch content creators claimed that “wealthy creators promoted harmful content to impressionable young fans” through the platform through gambling.
Twitch responded to the backlash and the possibility of a streamer boycott by announcing plans to ban certain gaming sites from streaming on its platform.
The platform tweeted on Tuesday that it plans to ban sites that include slots, roulette or dice games that “are not licensed in the United States or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection.” consumers”.
Twitch’s policy change is set to take place on October 1. 18.
Twitch said it plans to ban streaming from sites such as Duelbits.com, Rollbit.com, Stake.com and Roobet.com, and may identify other sites in the future.
The policy change will not affect sports betting, fantasy sports and poker, Twitch said.
Streamers such as Pokimane, which garnered over 312,000 likes expressing support for the gambling banwrote “we did y’all” following the policy change on Tuesday.
Nash, who pointed out that the ban was “NOT a gaming ban” in a Twitter thread, wrote that the policy change leaves room for gaming to continue to exist on Twitch.
“We will need to see the full effects of this policy update on October 18. As it currently stands, it doesn’t even come close to a luck-based gambling ban,” Nash wrote.
“We have to hold Twitch accountable as a platform for doing the right thing because they only seem to respond to extraordinary pressure.”