Twitch CEO Discusses Gambling Streaming Policy, Emphasizing Regulation

June 21, 2023
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In a virtual conversation with a streamer known as ‘Filian,’ Twitch CEO Dan Clancy discussed the platform’s stance on the controversial topic of streaming gambling content. Clancy emphasized that Twitch strictly prohibits gambling companies operating illegally in specific regions. However, he mentioned that Twitch is open to allowing Twitch online casinos that have acquired local licenses for their offshore operations and have implemented adequate customer protection measures.

Setting The Record Straight

The recent clarification, broadcasted on June 1st, comes at a crucial time for Twitch and its CEO, who faced criticism for negative comments regarding the broadcasting of gambling content. CEO Clancy’s recent statements have caused speculation that Twitch might prohibit all gambling-related content, leading to backlash from the platform’s numerous gambling enthusiasts. To defend the company, Clancy clarified that Twitch has no objections to users streaming any lawful gambling activities.

“In general, streaming gambling is not a concern. “However, if you’re streaming from unregulated third-party sites, we have a problem,” added the CEO. Contrary to popular opinion, Twitch only has an issue with a few sites that fail to comply with standards and is working to eliminate them.

The CEO asserted that unlicensed offshore gaming sites were experiencing significant growth. He explained that these sites operate without regulatory oversight, which means there is no monitoring of factors like odds at the craps tables. This lack of regulation allows the operators to manipulate the outcomes according to their preferences.

Twitch Protecting Users’ Wellbeing

According to the CEO, Twitch is working to protect the users who use the platform for gambling-related activities by establishing policies that protect them. Twitch has had a back-and-forth relationship with content creators that stream gambling activities since last year, as the network recognized the need to safeguard customers from potentially dangerous engagements.

Twitch developed new community guidelines in September 2022, amending its gambling-related policies. It introduced a policy in November that barred some high-profile gambling sites, like and, from using the streaming platform. The decision to block the targeted sites drove to build Kick, a streaming network with less severe policies than Twitch.

However, contrary to popular belief, Twitch is motivated to make the atmosphere even more unfriendly to unregulated and illegal gambling sites for the sake of the community’s well-being. During the interview, CEO Clancy said that several gambling sites had been prohibited from the platform because their operations were harmful to the Twitch community. Twitch observed that some of the targeted sites were gaining excessively, which was not in the best interests of the community.

According to Clancy, a small group of creators on Twitch were illegally using the platform to build communities and direct users to their websites, resulting in substantial monetary gains. Recognizing the negative impact on the community, Twitch made the decision to prohibit these unregulated individuals and their activities. Clancy clarified the reasoning behind the ban, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a safe and regulated environment for the Twitch community.

The Current Situation

When questioned about the fate of the banned gambling sites, Clancy, the CEO, explained that they still have the opportunity to be a part of the Twitch community. However, there are specific criteria they must meet in order to regain access. Clancy affirmed that these sites are welcome back if they undergo regulation and comply with the gambling regulations of major countries, aligning themselves with the necessary requirements expected of a gambling site.

Kick from is a major competitor to Twitch. Kick has been engaging Twitch in persistent struggles for dominance in the live-streaming realm in recent months. Kick has made significant progress toward winning a sizable market share. In a recent legal dispute, the emerging platform successfully attracted two prominent figures away from Twitch.

Twitch is facing several challenges and an uncertain outlook. The streaming platform recently faced backlash and had to issue an apology for an update that restricted content creators’ ability to engage with their sponsors. Additionally, due to intensified competition, the Amazon-supported company is now compelled to take drastic measures.

Final Word

After a negative information wave, the recent interview with Twitch’s CEO, Dan Clancy, brought relief to the platform’s users and owners. It’s comforting to learn that the prominent live-streaming network, known for its gaming content, doesn’t intend to cease gambling streams. Nevertheless, the implementation of new restrictions has put Twitch in a precarious situation, causing discontent among certain groups and leading to losses against emerging rivals. To navigate the challenges ahead, Twitch might need to adapt its strategy.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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