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In recent months, we have seen a considerable increase in the number of live streams focused on gambling and betting on Twitch. Although it is content that the platform allows, it is clear that a large sector of the community is not happy and demands a change as soon as possible.
On May 20, a person known as Erin Jordan launched a Change.org petition with the goal of getting the streaming platform to ban unregulated gambling streams. At the time of writing these lines, the application has already gathered 435 votes in favor.
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In the description of the request, Erin Jordan urges Twitch advertisers to take action to encourage Amazon to ban content involving gambling and betting on Twitch. This under the argument that “its ads are played on broadcasts that promote unregulated online casinos that disproportionately harm young viewers and racial minorities.”
In parallel, the user shared a series of alarming statistics that shed light on the inherent risks of gambling addiction. For example, he pointed out that 6% to 9% of youth and adults experience gambling-related problems, while 1 in 5 people attempt suicide as a result of gambling addiction.
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With this and more on the board, the community is calling on advertisers to use their influence against Twitch to demand that unregulated casino streams go away to “help protect vulnerable people.” Of course, it remains to be seen whether the request will have any effect in the short or medium term.
Either way, it is clear that betting and gambling content breaks it on the platform. As of this writing, the “Slots” category has over 100,000 viewers and is more popular than CoD: Warzone, CS:GO, Fall Guys, Dota 2, Fortnite, etc.
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