On Saturday, a Twitch streamer named Abraham Mohammed, better known to viewers as Sliker, Admitted Defrauded and funded at least $200,000 from fans or other content creators Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling addiction. In response, famous streamers such as Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo, and Devin Nash have orchestrated a boycott of his Twitch over the Christmas week to protest the platform’s lax policy regarding gambling his streams. doing.
CS:GO Contains the weapon skins you have real money value On Valve’s Marketplace. The rarest skins are worth thousands of dollars, so third-party sites use them as “casino chips” to bet on the outcome. CS:GO match. As of 2016, the estimated value of the skin betting market was $7 billion. Sliker had been accepting money from fans and other streamers under the false pretext that his bank account was locked and he needed to borrow money to prevent his credit score from being hit. His streamer, Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker, was one of those who gave Sliker cash after Sliker reached out and asked for help. He falsely said that his payments from Twitch had not been made that month, among other financial difficulties and complications. Pyker later said“I thought he needed money. I thought he needed money legally.” He admitted that it was a ploy to tell people he was.
with teary eyes confession videoSlyker told viewers that he started gambling CS:GO But in the end I moved to real money betting. He initially spent “all” of his first job money and his Twitch income, but it wasn’t enough. He started borrowing money from other streamers, lying to them about why he needed the money and what the money would be used for. I promised.
“I deserve punishment. Whatever happens, it happens,” he said. “I don’t know what to say to the person I borrowed from… This is the epitome of gambling. I want to tell them not to touch it.”
Popular streamers Pokimane, Mizkif, and Devin Nash discuss Twitch’s own responsibility to take action against gambling streams it feels are manipulative and possibly harmful, especially to younger viewers. increase. In a joint stream, they said some streamers make money promoting gambling, and that gambling is one of the most popular categories on Twitch. Attributed to Destiny, an acquaintance of political streamer Destiny, 10-20 content creators with large followings proposed sending a joint statement to Twitch.Platforms should take the opposite stance gambling stream When sponsorshipor go on strike the week of Christmas. Kotaku I contacted Twitch, but did not receive a comment in time for publication. Some streamers are waiting for answers, while others have already mobilized. Top her creators such as xQc and Ludwig have said they will refund some people who have been scammed if they have proof that the money was stolen. “Some stories are terrible,” he tweeted, xqc. “There’s no way we can sit there and see and hear. I tweeted about the optics of this. I don’t care what people think about it.”
Of course, not all streamers engaged in the conversation share the point of view that gambling is an issue on the platform. Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam, himself a slots streamer, Tweet The “real problem” wasn’t the individual, but the people who blamed slots, blackjack and roulette. He argued that sports betting had been normalized, but admitted that the practice of streamers offering prizes using codes that required viewers to participate in gambling was “predatory.” rice field.But he makes a good amount of money on his own gambling stream and sponsorship.train accident lent before $100,000 for Sliker.
Meanwhile, some content creators have seen the mobilization of influential streamers on gambling and are disappointed that some of Twitch’s celebrities are far more silent on other issues. where was it during that time? hate trade?” I asked Tanya Depas (Cypheroftyr), content creator and activist. “Where is the constant racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny on the platform?”
In fact, this time content creators seem much quicker to attribute this bad luck to organizational problems. “[Gambling] It’s a platform problem, not a people problem. ” murmured Devin Nash. “Creating an environment for [unaccountable streamers] To thrive, they emerge.
September 20, 2022 7:28 PM Update: Twitch has announced that the platform will enact rules for gambling streams in October. Ban major sites like Stake.com. More on that later.