As streamers threaten boycott, Twitch takes action on some gambling content

The streaming service Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, declared late on Tuesday that it would soon begin to take action against feeds that advertise specific kinds of gambling websites.

The action was taken in response to some well-known broadcasters publicly considering a "Twitch blackout" to protest what they believe to be Twitch's tacit support of harmful and compulsive gambling behaviour.

Due in large part to Sliker, a rather well-known streamer who revealed on a live last weekend to having a major addiction to gambling on the results of CS: GO matches,

the issue of gambling among some streamers has gained fresh relevance this week. Regular readers will recall that Valve and other streamers have battled with that kind of gambling for years.

Sliker claims that under false pretences, he raised at least $200,000 in donations from other streamers and viewers, utilising the funds to support his gambling habit rather than to aid with a purported short-term cash flow concern.

Sliker admitted in his confession stream that he didn't know what to say to the folks he had borrowed money from. "This is gambling at its finest. Do not touch it, I want to say.

Major broadcasters Imane 'Pokimane' Anys, Matthew 'Mizkif' Rinaudo, and Devin Nash began talking about what they perceived to be Twitch's gambling problem as part of a protracted joint stream after that dispute.

Nash recently talked about how he left Twitch months ago because of the company's lack of action on the issue of gambling on the network.