Popular Twitch streamer Tyler “Trainwreck” Niknam highlights Twitch’s inconsistent standards when it comes to enforcing game bans.
In a recent stream, Tic Streamer Trainwreck has criticized the platform for its strict game stream policies. The growth of game streams on Twitch has been rapid and marked by significant success, but it has also been met with intense controversy. Many popular Twitch streamers have entered into lucrative partnerships with gambling companies, but as the morality and legality of these streams have been questioned, Twitch has faced increasing pressure to act. In response, the platform announced a ban on “unlicensed” gaming content at the end of 2022, which had been a major source of complaints and controversy.
Changes to Twitch’s No Gambling Policies were introduced to address unlicensed gambling sites offering popular games like slots, roulette, and dice, which are not regulated by the United States. To enforce this ban, Twitch specifically targeted popular streamers’ favorite gaming sites, such as Stake.com, used by well-known streamers like xQc and Trainwreck. However, the platform also said it will continue to monitor and identify other sites in the future that may violate the updated policy.
Twitch’s ban on gambling streams caused a stir in the streaming community, especially among gambling streamers. One of the most prominent streamers, Trainwreck, was so unhappy with the decision that he decided to leave the platform and switch to a new one called Kick. In a recent broadcast, Trainwreck demonstrated the hypocrisy of the ban by showing its viewers several streams that were still online on Twitch, openly playing slots and virtual casino games. Despite Twitch’s new policy, these streams attracted large audiences, with around 20,000 concurrent viewers at the time Trainwreck aired.
Trainwreck expressed disbelief that he was targeted while these other streams were allowed to continue, and claimed he was the only one playing responsibly and transparently. According to Trainwreck, he always warned his viewers about the inherent risks of gambling and pointed out the fact that they risked losing more often than they would win.
This demonstrates that despite Twitch’s strict banning policies, the slots and virtual casino streaming categories persist and are likely to persist for some time to come. This may be due to the platform’s late response to the issue, which has allowed a sizable community to form and grow in this gray area, and despite wanting to ban these game streams, Twitch fears lose a significant number of viewers. Either way, it will be interesting to watch how Twitch resolves this dilemma in the future, as prominent Twitch streamers have already started highlighting the platform’s inconsistent standards.
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Source: Trainwreck – Twitch
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