Twitch now prevents streamers from sharing referral codes or links to betting websites, following an increase in so-called "meta gamba" and growing tensions between streamers around its existence.
Although the game sequences have been around for a while, the prawn goal has seen a boom in sponsored sequences from some of Twitch’s most famous faces. This recent hug has normalized practice on the platform. Tyler “Trainwrecks” Niknam and Felix “xQc” Lengyel have spent hours spinning virtual machines. Although xQc has left gambling since April, citing addiction, Trainwrecks has spent nearly 600 hours streaming in the “Slots” category since April, according to TwitchTracker.
All of these virtual slots work similarly. One can take on an Egyptian theme, while another looks similar to Candy Crush Saga. A streamer front camera sits next to you and lets the slots do everything you can talk about. Chat is usually a mixture of meaningless messages, advertisements, or requests to switch to a different slot game. This is essentially a few hours of betting ad, punctuated by a streaming referral code that appears in streaming for viewers to use.
It is unclear whether these streams are being carried out of the pocket of gaming sites or the series themselves. Regardless, slot transmission seems to be lucrative, at least for streamers with large audiences. In July, Trainwrecks told YouTuber H3H3 that he earned $ 250,000 with reference codes alone, and called the gains "nothing."
The rise of the game on Twitch has sparked a huge debate among the small circle of stars on the site, with streamers like Pokimane, Asmongold, Cr1TiKaL, i Clint Stevens calling for the potentially damaging consequences of glorifying the game to Twitch’s often underage viewers.
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"Twitch must ban endpoints", Asmongold tweeted in June. "The amount of nonsense and cheating that will be created in the next six months will make the website so many ways that we don't even realize it."
Mutahar "SomeOrdinaryGamers" Anas also wondered why streamers and viewers "lost (their) shit for ASMR yoga when the unregulated game is played so openly."
"Throwing unregulated gaming sites at viewers of plays that may or may not be underage and get them hooked on a nasty addiction is the craziest shit I've ever seen," he tweeted in July.
Most of the defenses come from people who are already involved in sponsored casino streams, including Trainwrecks itself. “The way you play is the most authentic and transparent you’ll ever see,” he tweeted in June. "I show my retirement / entry addresses. I play every game I play, I play offline because I really love to play." Despite regularly telling his viewers not to play, he often does so while playing himself.
It has been a fierce dispute between broadcast players and critics, which has now caused Twitch to act. While it doesn’t completely stop gambling (virtual poker is also a smaller category on Twitch), it’s a hurdle in how streamers can make extra money from these sponsorships.
What changes the action of Twitch
In response to this agitation, an update from Twitch's creators came out on Wednesday detailing a new policy that no longer allows links or reference codes to be shared for gambling sites.
"We will continue to monitor betting-related content and update our approach as needed," the update was completed before informing users who have until August 17. to remove any VOD or any other content that includes offensive links.
Although, without a doubt, streamers will do their best to fix this: the Linktree launchpad tool is becoming an increasingly popular way to circumvent the rules of Twitch. , as it does not directly show unauthorized links to the site; the lack of visibility can cause many betting sites to move away from sponsorships. But Twitch's policy change has been called "a lame half measure, "with its biggest critics still unsatisfied.
Providing unregulated gaming sites to viewers of your streams who may or may not be minors and get them hooked on a nasty addiction is the craziest shit I’ve ever seen. .July 21, 2021
"Twitch's new rules for the game do nothing but worry about the benefits while still benefiting." Asmongold wrote, citing the lack of age restrictions on slot streams, the easy Linktree solution, and the fact that banning referral links does not eliminate the underlying issue.
It’s not the first time the game and the game have clashed with controversy; in 2016 there was a huge scandal involving a group of gaming sites CS: GO and YouTubers who did not reveal their personal involvement in the sites they promoted. The situation provoked the US Federal Trade Commission issue a complaint against influencers on social media for the first time.
Twitch has had a difficult year straddling the acceptable content regarding the hot tub and ASMR yoga goals, along with a wave of hate attacks it provoked. that the hashtag #DoBetterTwitch had a trend on Twitter earlier this week.
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