There is still much room for improvement here.

For some time now, gambling on Twitch lived in this nebulous grey zone where Twitch staff often turned a blind eye to it so long as certain restrictions were adhered to. Things such as referral codes to sites that include gambling were verboten, but streamers often found ways around this while they gambled on stream.

Allowing gambling on the platform has often been hotly debated from both streamers and viewers alike. Now, it looks like Twitch is finally putting an end to at least some gambling on their platform with a policy change that goes into effect on October 18.

The announcement on this ban on gambling came just a short time ago today through the official Twitch Twitter account. Twitter's statement says:

Gambling content on Twitch has been a big topic of discussion in the community, and something we've been actively reviewing since our last policy update in this area. Today, we want to update you on our plans. While we prohibit sharing links or referral codes to all sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games, we've seen some people circumvent those rules and expose our community to potential harm.

So, we'll be making a policy update on October 18th to prohibit streaming of gambling sites that include slots, roulette, or dice games that aren't licensed either in the U.S. or other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection. These sites will include,,, and However, we may identify others as we move forward.

We will continue to allow websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker.

We'll share specifics on the updates to our Gambling policy soon, including the full policy language, to make sure everyone is clear on our new rules before they take effect on October 18th.
From their statement, it seems as though there will be a few new gambling-related things banned under this new policy change. Ultimately though it feels more like a performative move than one with any actual substance.