Twitch Clamping Down on Gambling Fans?!
Over the past couple of weeks, Twitch has been making some changes on its platform.
These changes affect both the visual look of the live-streaming platform, but also the Terms of Service that users have to comply with to be able to stream on the site.
Twitch updates its “Terms of Service” every couple of months, and there’s been a new addition to the rules that you cannot break.
With the rise of CS:GO Gambling Sites, Twitch is finding that many young audiences are being easily influenced by gamblers who place large bets, equalling thousands of dollars, and are starting to gamble themselves.
They have tried to stop gambling on Twitch, but with it taking over eSports like a wildfire, Twitch has decided that users are only allowed to gamble for 30 minutes, to try and minimise the amount of influence they have on users that are easily swayed to following big personalities.
If users are to break this rule, their Twitch Channel will be terminated for 24 hours, making them unable to live-stream from their Channel.
However, there is no restriction on the age that users can gamble on Stream from, even though most sites state that you have to be “Over 18” to use their site.
After reading both the “Terms of Service” and the “Rules of Conduct”, I found no age limit on gambling, and had to find out from a broadcaster that there was a 30 minute limit on gambling, meaning that Twitch have been sneaky on how they have told the wider community about this.
If you want to read the “Terms of Service” for yourself, you can find them here: https://www.twitch.tv/user/legal?page=terms_of_service
If you want to read the “Rules of Conduct” for yourself, you can find them here: https://www.twitch.tv/user/legal?page=rules-of-conduct
IF YOU ARE A CONTENT CREATOR ON TWITCH, BE CAREFUL WHEN GAMBLING!
Words by Kieran Cullinan