Twitch slots streaming ban updates
On October 18th Twitch banned streaming of slots, roulette, and dice games on sites that are either not licensed in the US or in other jurisdictions where appropriate consumer protection standards apply. Amazon bought Twitch in 2014 for $970m and is now the official owner. Twitch announced that sites without deposit limits, time-out periods, or age verification systems would be outlawed. At this point, the ban will apply to Stake.com, Rollbit.com, Duelbits.com, and Roobet.com. These sites have now been blacklisted in the Twitch community guidelines, with more domains likely to be added going forward. Linking to the blocklisted sites in the chat box is also banned.
The company aims to balance creative expression with community safety as the internet and our community grows. Twitch said, “We know this may be an adjustment for some and will be levering warnings in addition to suspensions in applicable cases to be fairer to streamers who may not have understood the change yet.”
Twitch originally announced the ban in September. It caused a controversy at the time, as slots streaming is incredibly popular on Twitch. It was also the primary source of revenue for several of the platform’s most influential personalities. In the latest policy update, Twitch shared, “As with all of our policies, your account may receive enforcement if you stream these prohibited sites.”
Streaming sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker are still on the platform, but the future of non-US licensed casino sites still needs to be determined. Some industry observers believe Amazon is the driving force behind the toughening stance on “unsafe” iGaming as it wants to become the primary infrastructure and cloud solutions supplier to the US online gambling.
PointsBet RG survey initiative
PointsBet collaborates with NCPG and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health on a new initiative that puts respondents in the shoes of an operator. They will use data from a new survey to highlight best practice solutions for those experiencing problem gambling.
One hundred ten respondents from the National Conference on Gambling Addiction and Responsible Gambling 2022 did the survey. It was an anonymous survey, and respondents had to assume the role of an online gambling operator. They had to select situationally appropriate responses for online bettors displaying potentially problematic gambling behavior. There were five fictional customers with different scenarios in their respective customer journeys. Every survey respondent answered ten questions based on three customers each. In all cases, survey participants had to state actions they would take after facing each customer’s individual scenario.
Overall, participants mostly recommended sharing information about support resources, statewide self-exclusion, and information about pre-commitment limit-setting tools. Approximately 1/3 of the surveys listed their primary occupation as a clinician/treatment provider. Additionally, 17% of participants recovered from dealing with gambling addiction.
PointsBet USA CEO Johnny Aitken shared that a meaningful approach to prevention and intervention of gambling-related harms requires input from all stakeholders. He added that the role of online operators is critical. It has to monitor player behavior and serve as the first line of engagement for customers who may be struggling.
UFC prohibits fighters and their close associates from betting on UFC events
Co-creator of the UFC Campbell said, “In order to assist our athletes in understanding their obligations under the laws of the majority of states that allow sports betting, and in further support of these integrity measures, UFC has incorporated a wagering prohibition into the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy expressly prohibiting athletes from wagering on any UFC match.”
Campbell confirmed that UFC would prohibit fighters from placing bets on matches. But it will continue to allow fighters to sign sponsorship deals with sports betting operators. “UFC athletes will continue to pursue such sponsorships in accordance with applicable law,” Campbell concluded. The UFC has a betting partnership with BetMGM, and several fighters have pursued sponsorship agreements with operators. For example, Connor McGregor partnered with PokerStars and Parimatch, and Michael Bisping previously signed with the defunct Full Tilt. Earlier this week, McGregor agreed to become a betting ambassador for Asia-based bookmaker Me88.
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