“While we prohibit the sharing of links or referral codes to all sites that feature slots, roulette or dice games, we have seen some people circumvent these rules and put our community at potential harm,” the company said in a statement.
The ban will take effect on October 18. Sports betting, fantasy sports and poker sites will continue to be supported on the platform.
Gambling has found its footing on Twitch. “Slots,” where viewers can watch cryptocurrency bets placed at online casinos, is now the tenth-ranked game on Twitch, according to TwitchTracker. Sites like Stake.com, affected by the announced ban, have sponsored Twitch streams to attract new players and allow them to use cryptocurrencies to bet on their platform.
But criticism of the gambling activity has been renewed in recent days after a Twitch streamer live-streamed a video to fans over the weekend claiming he had defrauded them of more than $200,000 to fund his gambling addiction.
Major streamers have called on Twitch to ban the games, with the hashtag #TwitchStopGambling trending on Twitter. Some even discussed a week-long boycott during the holiday season.