Twitch restricts streaming gameplay as habit fears rise
The Amazon-owned company's determination to increase its coverage from October 18 comes after a popular streamer scammed his followers and friends out of cash to alleviate what he described as gaming addiction.
"Gambling content on Twitch has been a huge topic of conversation in the community," Twitch, known for streaming video games live, said in a tweet.
Most gaming streams could be banned, but it will still allow sites targeting sports betting, fantasy sports and poker, Twitch said.
Meanwhile, a hashtag #TwitchStopGambling has gained prominence on Twitter.
A streamer going by the name ItsSliker posted a video over the weekend saying he had borrowed money from friends and colleagues on Twitch, lying about his reasons but actually using it to gamble.
"This is the epitome of a gaming addict," ItsSliker explained in the video.