Amazon-owned Twitch no longer allows users to share content from gaming websites after Sliker scam
Amazon’s gaming-focused streaming platform, Twitch, will no longer allow users to share content from websites featuring slots, roulette or dice games if the site is not licensed to United States or another jurisdiction that provides “sufficient consumer protection,” Twitch said in a statement. The updated gaming policy comes shortly after a popular streamer known as Sliker admitted to scamming his Twitch viewers out of $200,000 to fuel his own video game addiction.
Silker, whose real name is Abraham Mohammed, regularly asked his Twitch audience to send him money claiming he needed the money due to issues with his bank account, according to Kotaku. He recently admitted that the real reason was that he used the money to buy weapon skins from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive video game item market.
Many Twitch streamers have sponsorships with gaming operators, but Twitch will no longer allow users to share referral links or codes to gaming sites, including Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet. com. Stake.com, which markets itself as a crypto-casino and sports betting platform, has sponsorships with the UFC and Premier League club Everton.
Twitch’s new policy will go into effect on October 18. “We will continue to allow websites focused on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker,” reads Twitch’s statement.
The NFL and Amazon are streaming Thursday Night Football games live on Twitch for free. Other leagues to stream games on Twitch include the NWSL and the English Premier League, as well as NBC’s Olympic programming. Twitch’s parent company, Amazon, recently signed an agreement with DraftKings to provide in-game ratings on a pre-game broadcast for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video.