Gambling streams or “slots streams” are a hot topic on live streaming site Twitch.tv. Hundreds of thousands of viewers can watch how streamers gamble away millions of dollars a day. At the forefront is Twitch’s largest content creator xQc, who has repeatedly admitted to being addicted to gaming.
The fact that viewers could also become addicted to gambling is certainly in the back of the streamer’s mind, but by the absurd sums that xQc and Co. receive from gambling sponsors, morale seems to be gone. Although Twitch has already banned referral links and advertising for gambling sites in the past, it has not yet been banned entirely. Concerned viewers now have one petition startedcalling on Twitch to ban “unregulated” gambling streams from the platform
Petition against unregulated gambling on Twitch
Erin Jordan’s petition first appeared on May 20, 2022 on Change.org and urged Twitch advertisers to get the Amazon-powered platform to ban gambling streams. Notable companies that make the list include Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Uber.
The petition states: “Your advertisements on Twitch will be placed alongside Twitch streamers who promote unregulated online casinos that cause disproportionate harm to young viewers and minorities. As a result, they bring [ihre] Brand associated with these unregulated crypto casinos, which could have a negative impact on viewers.”
A bad role model, especially for young viewers
According to the petition, promoting gambling streams can set off a chain reaction that can have devastating consequences. For example “6 to 9 percent of adolescents and young adults have problems related to gambling” and “1 in 5 gambling addicts will attempt suicide”.
The petition urges advertisers to “use their influence against Twitch” and calls for “an end to unregulated casino livestreams to protect the vulnerable.” With a few hundred signatures, the petition has already attracted some attention. However, it’s not yet clear whether Twitch or its advertisers will be responding to the document any time soon.
Streamers like xQc have mentioned several times in this context that they don’t want to and can’t be a “role model”. With almost 11 million subscribers, Twitch’s largest streamer still has a certain role model function, mainly for its young viewers, who watch it sometimes make millions in profits, but usually lose significantly more in stakes and get the money in through sponsorship deals. In a short time, viewers have spent 120 million dollars on bets on said gambling site through his code, which according to him is “not crazy” and there is still room for improvement. How do you view gambling streams on Twitch? Write to us in the comments.
Source | dexterto