Veteran streamer Summit1g thinks a ban is unlikely to occur since it’s not as straightforward as many assume, despite the ongoing controversy around gambling material on Twitch, where viewers and streamers are disputing its position on the platform.
Following reports that the streamer Sliker had reportedly conned hundreds of people out of money to feed his gambling habit, streamers like Pokimane and Mizkif have called for a complete platform ban. A discussion on the subject was sparked by the disagreements of others, like Trainwreck and m0E. However, Summit1g does not anticipate the implementation of a total ban on gambling and does not believe that it is the solution. Summit recalls a rule that Twitch put in place while CS:GO skin gambling was at its peak, prohibiting streamers from gambling for longer than 30 minutes.
He said; “So, there have been some things that they tried to do, and regulate, but realistically, at the end of the day, at some point in time, I think [Twitch] was just like ‘f**k it dude.’ Poker is a whole category, you’ve had broadcasters on the website for years that have played poker. What do you do about poker? Is poker not gambling? You can argue it very much is, whether it has skill involved or not. It’s just not as easy as being like ‘yeah, just ban it!’ That’s all I’m saying. It should not be that easy for you, just because it’s a group and not an individual, and not an individual with a name, to just rip their earnings away from them, and them have nothing after something like that.”
Summit emphasized that the solution can’t just be “gambling is bad, just remove it” because many creators will have made a career off of that content because Twitch has tolerated it for such a long time.
Twitch has not yet publicly responded to requests for the platform to outlaw gambling, and it has traditionally refrained from commenting on the topic in general. However, they stated that they were “taking a deep-dive look into gambling behavior on Twitch” in August.