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The Twitch Ban on Crypto Casinos Explained

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Twitch’s New Stance on Crypto Casinos

It’s official: Twitch has cracked down on crypto casinos. The U.S.-based company implemented the block on crypto casinos on October 18, 2022 for gambling sites that offer slots, roulette, or other dice games. It will also apply to those sites that aren’t licensed in the USA or “other jurisdictions that provide adequate consumer protection.” These restrictions apply to unlicensed and unregulated operators.

Although the statement doesn’t explicitly mention a ban, it refers to crypto betting. It listed sites not licensed in recognized jurisdictions in its official announcement. These now-restricted sites were popular among streamers who use cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin for gambling purposes.

Crypto gambling is also becoming more popular on other streaming platforms like YouTube videos. Facebook Gaming and other smaller streaming platforms have joined the fray and are looking for solutions to this growing problem of cryptocurrency gambling activity.

According to the statement by Twitch, it will add more online gambling sites over time, and a comprehensive gambling policy will be published soon. The streaming platform’s new position on gambling sites will not affect websites that focus on sports betting, fantasy sports, or poker games.  

 

What Does this Mean for Streamers?

According to reports on Big Win Board, the slots meta on Twitch has seen a significant drop in streaming activity by all the major stake/crypto streamers. As a result, the slots meta dropped to #48 at the time of the report – a major downgrade from its glory days before the crackdown on crypto casinos. 

However, many fake streamers use view botting to generate views. This means that the actual numbers were always absurdly exaggerated by streamers to generate inflated numbers. By deleting them, the number should be closer to reality, though many streamers continue using view botting. 

Many of the targeted fake streamers used similar tactics to drive traffic to Twitch from their DLive accounts. They did this by offering giveaways to encourage viewers to watch. These actions may constitute a violation of Twitch T&Cs of use. 

Local Streamers Active on Twitch 

Source: Kongebonus on Twitch

Harvested data indicates that many local casino streams are still dominant on Twitch. Kongebonus, for example,  is a popular local streamer on Twitch. It features prominently as Norway’s largest casino community. Notably, specific operators will continue to be allowed on Twitch under the regulatory framework of fully licensed M.G.A. (Malta Gaming Authority) casinos.

 

Brazucassino on Twitch

Source: Brazucassino on Twitch

Another popular selection is Brazucassino. Currently, Brazucassino boasts a following of 9.3K, with uploaded videos featuring thousands of views. This online casino’s recently streamed categories include Slots and Virtual Casinos. Brazucassino features Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners’ categories with an active leaderboard.

Other notable casino streamers on Twitch include jpliveslots from Denmark and Casino Daddy from Sweden.

 

Putting Safety & Security First 

Who gets banned and who doesn’t? Some people try to avoid this ban by claiming they can stream as long as their crypto-casino isn’t on the forbidden casino list. According to Twitch:  

“We consider many factors when determining whether a website is allowed, including safety protections such as deposit limits and waiting periods and age verification systems.”

It also means that there are likely to be more casinos added to the banned list. However, it’s safe to assume that most licensed U.S. and E.U. casinos are safe for the moment as long as they do not try to imitate Stake’s fraudulent marketing tactics. 

Fake money streaming is a high-risk proposition. Twitch assures those types of users that they will be banned and risk irreparable harm to their credibility as streaming companies. Although several crypto streamers have shifted to DLive, that streaming platform only attracts a few viewers beyond the slots category. This curtails their view count and subscriber base. As a result, slots streamers are particularly at risk as they stand to lose their competitive advantage. 

It is evident from recent events that certain game providers and online casinos have been more active in marketing themselves on Twitch. Two companies, in particular, stand out, Hacksaw Gaming and Pragmatic Play. These companies have been heavily rotated and are favored by fake crypto streamers. This is also true for the Government of Curacao casino operators, which are subject to different stringent regulations than EU-licensed ones.

 

New Streamers Being Recruited

These companies will attempt new marketing methods to promote their products, and there’s a good chance they are already recruiting new streamers. However, these marketing campaigns will not be as successful as they were in the past because it will be nearly impossible to get the support of popular Twitch streamers beyond the gambling meta. Twitch seems to be okay with the slots meta, provided they operate outside of the limelight. However, unnecessary attention can lead to a cornucopia of problems.

 

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The Future of Online Gambling: Non-GamStop Casinos in Focus

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The world of online gambling has experienced a remarkable transformation in recent years, and at the heart of this evolution are non-GamStop casinos. These digital platforms have emerged as a captivating alternative for players seeking greater freedom and flexibility in their gaming experiences.

Key Advantages of Non-GamStop Platforms

One of the most alluring aspects of non-GamStop casinos lies in the unprecedented freedom and flexibility they offer to players but it also comes with restrictions that limit the types of casino games UK players can enjoy. Unlike traditional online casinos bound by GamStop’s self-exclusion regulations, non-GamStop platforms grant players the autonomy to choose when, where and how they indulge in their favourite casino games.

Whether it’s the option to play without rigid time constraints or to explore a broader range of betting limits, these casinos provide an environment that empowers players to tailor their gambling experiences to their preferences. In the dynamic world of online gambling, this newfound freedom is redefining the way players engage with their favourite pastimes, paving the way for a more personalised and enjoyable gaming journey.

Source: https://cryptonews.com/news/non-gamstop-casinos-uk.htm

The Global Reach

Non-GamStop casinos are breaking down geographical barriers, extending their reach far beyond national borders. In 2022, the online gambling industry witnessed a significant surge in international player participation, with a 37% increase in the number of players from diverse countries compared to the previous year. This surge in global engagement has led to a more diverse user base, where players can engage in games with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds.

Moreover, this global reach fosters a sense of community among players from diverse backgrounds. A recent survey conducted by a leading non-GamStop casino platform revealed that 78% of their international players felt a strong sense of camaraderie with fellow players from different countries. As these casinos continue to grow in popularity, they are increasingly becoming a melting pot of gaming enthusiasts from around the world.

Innovations in Responsible Gaming

Responsible gaming is a cornerstone of the online gambling industry, and non-GamStop casinos are leading the way in implementing innovative approaches to safeguard the well-being of their players. According to a recent industry report, over 80% of non-GamStop casino operators have adopted stringent responsible gaming policies, emphasizing the sector’s commitment to player safety.

One compelling statistic is the adoption rate of customizable deposit limits, which has seen a 45% increase among non-GamStop casinos compared to previous years. This reflects their dedication to empowering players with greater control over their gambling expenditure. Additionally, the implementation of self-exclusion options has been on the rise, with 72% of non-GamStop casinos now offering this feature, a 20% increase from the prior year.

Real-time player tracking, another hallmark of responsible gaming, has seen remarkable growth, with 90% of non-GamStop casinos integrating this technology into their platforms. These statistics underline the industry’s collective commitment to promoting safe and healthy gambling habits among its users.

The Tech Behind The Thrills

Behind every exhilarating spin of the roulette wheel or thrilling pull of the slot machine lever at non-GamStop casinos lies sophisticated and cutting-edge software. These platforms make substantial investments in state-of-the-art technology, with an average annual budget allocation of $50 million per casino for software development and maintenance.

This investment pays off in the form of a seamless and captivating gaming experience for players. Upon logging in, you’ll encounter user-friendly interfaces that have undergone continuous refinement based on player feedback. These enhancements have resulted in a 15% increase in user satisfaction over the past two years, as indicated by user surveys.

The commitment to advanced casino software is further reflected in the collaboration with renowned software developers. On average, non-GamStop casinos partner with five different developers, offering a staggering selection of over 2,000 unique games. This diversity is a significant draw for players, with 95% reporting that they appreciate having a wide range of gaming options.

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Gaming Americas Weekly Roundup – September 25-October 1

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of American gambling news again! Here, we are going through the weekly highlights of the American gambling industry which include the latest news, new partnerships and new appointments. Read on and get updated.

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FanDuel Casino announced the second instalment of its “Winning is Undefeated” ad campaign across TV, social and contextual OOH. FanDuel Casino is also premiering a new exclusive game, Fort Knox Cleopatra.

The Connecticut Lottery Corporation has announced it will open a new retail sports betting facility at the City of Bridgeport’s Total Mortgage Arena, the home of the New York Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Islanders. The sports bar and sportsbook will be open daily, regardless of whether the arena is holding an event.

BetMGM announced the new BetMGM Sportsbook at The Banks is officially open in downtown Cincinnati. Relocating from its temporary Great American Ball Park location, the permanent BetMGM Sportsbook at The Banks is a state-of-the-art facility at the corner of Second Street and Joe Nuxhall Way in the area formerly occupied by Galla Park.

Genius Sports Limited has unveiled BetVision, the world’s first immersive sports wagering experience that brings live streams together with integrated bet slips, statistical insights and real-time augmentations within a single interactive player. Genius Sports is launching BetVision with NFL live games in the US.

Everi Holdings will highlight its national, tribally linked, Class II, bingo network, Bingo Treasures, at the 23rd annual Global Gaming Expo October 9-12 at booth #150. The Bingo Treasures network is anticipated to launch in early 2024. Everi will market and promote Bingo Treasures to its Class II customer base, alongside other Everi assets, systems and teams to expedite customer onboarding, marketing and launch processes over the coming months.

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced the opening of the newest Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Emporia, Virginia (Rosie’s Emporia). Rosie’s Emporia is located on West Atlantic Street, convenient to Interstate 95 and features 150 Historical Racing Machines (HRMs), simulcast horse racing, a restaurant and bar.

Partnerships

BetMGM and Kindbridge Behavioural Health announced a groundbreaking programme in Colorado revolutionising the way problem gamblers access essential mental health services. The first-of-its-kind partnership will empower self-excluded players with direct access to comprehensive mental health assessments and group support services.

Knightscope has announced that it has signed an agreement with PENN Entertainment to offer Knightscope technologies to its 43 gaming and racing properties nationwide.

Galaxy Gaming Inc. has announced that they will deliver Galaxy Operating System (GOS) as the table games system for 50+ ships across the globe with Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company.

Appointments

Bally’s Corporation announced the appointment of Don Westcott as SVP, Global Chief Compliance Officer, and Tammi Barlow as Inaugural VP of Global Responsibility and Social Impact. Don Westcott is a compliance leader with more than 25 years of experience within the financial technology and gaming industries. Tammi M. Barlow has over a decade of experience building and managing responsible gaming and corporate social responsibility programmes for companies in the gaming industry.

Win Systems has announced the addition of Hunter Kampf as Sales Director Systems & Gaming USA to further boost its growth in the region. Hunter has a track record of leadership positions in well-known companies in the industry.

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Delasport Signs a Sportsbook Deal for 3 Esports Entertainment Group Brands

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Renowned iGaming software supplier Delasport is about to power up 3 of Esports Entertainment Group’s (EEG) brands with its Plug & Play Sportsbook iFrame. The brands, part of EEG’s portfolio, are JustWow, CasinoJefe, and Vie.

Delasport will support this leading “esports-focused” operator in MGA-regulated territories. The agreement allows all three brands to expand beyond their casino audience with ease. Adding a sportsbook to a casino website opens up a brand-new revenue stream and helps retain players who are interested in both verticals.

“Partnering with an industry giant like EEG is yet another milestone in Delasport’s growing track record of successes. We are proud to be able to provide our modern sportsbook solution, boosted with player personalization and engagement tools, to a company with such vast experience,” says Delasport’s CEO, Oren Cohen Shwartz, regarding the company’s latest deal.

The excitement is shared by both parties as EEG’s CEO Alex Igelman also comments on the news:

“Partnering with Delasport represents an exciting opportunity for EEG to broaden its offerings to a whole new set of players in key markets where sports betting is exceptionally popular. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing the positive impact and growth this integration brings to our brand. Delasport has been a great partner every step of the way. We feel safe in entrusting the new sportsbook branches to them and their Plug & Play iFrame solution.”

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