Twitch announced last week that streamers won’t be able to promote gambling services for games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on its platform.
This news follows on from the last few weeks of back-and-forth where prominent YouTubers were found to be promoting a gambling site that they owned, but didn’t disclose. Developer Valve also came under scrutiny, becoming tied up in multiple lawsuits saying that their service allowed such schemes to flourish.
Valve announced last week that they were sending cease-and-desist letters to gambling website owners. Twitch issued their own statement too:
Today [July 14] Valve released an announcement clarifying the intended use of Steam’s trading system and OpenID API. Valve specifically notes that using "the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements."
As a reminder, per Twitch’s Terms of Service, broadcasters are not permitted to stream content that breaks the terms of service or user agreements of third-parties. As such, content in which the broadcaster uses or promotes services that violate Valve’s stated restrictions is prohibited on Twitch. Our Rules of Conduct lists other examples such as playing pirated games and playing on unauthorized private servers.
These gambling sites allows users to bet on digital goods that they’ve earned through the game – things like weapon skins and other cosmetics.