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Illegal gambling streams on Twitch

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Twitch is an American video live streaming service where video game lovers enjoy live streaming, broadcasting esports competitions, and more. Of course, gambling happens to be a massive hit on stream, and many channels are gaining a massive amount of views on suchlike videos. It’s all completely legal, but there are still laws and regulations that everyone has to follow when live streaming certain genres.

Illegal gambling streams on Twitch
Image: screenshot from xQcOW video in Twitch

Crypto gambling also became extremely popular on Twitch in recent years, and channels like xQc and TrainWrecks get over 40,000 average viewers on their gambling videos. A crypto casino is just your average gambling site where you can deposit Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and more to make bets on slots and other games. However, it seems as both channels are breaking the law playing certain slots.

So what exactly have xQc and TrainWrecks done wrong? Both channels streamed gambling on websites like Roobet, Stake.com - and all of them are legit, licensed regulated casino sites. The issue is that these streamers reside and play from the United States where these crypto gambling sites aren’t allowed. The casinos specifically mentioned that players from the US are prohibited from registration and betting, and won’t even allow anyone from the region to create an account. Unless, of course, VPS is being used.

Using VPN is not an illegal act, but accessing offshore casinos where US players are banned is certainly prohibited, and is explicitly shown in terms and regulations of each casino site.

The odd thing is that Stake.com actually sponsored xQc (who streamed from Texas), and the streamer won massive amounts of money on the casino. And since the mentioned casino websites allow crypto gambling, there isn’t much actual regulation happening, and many loopholes have been used to allow streamers to continue with the illegal shenanigans. Let’s just say an IPE gaming license is sketchy business in most cases, as it allows for extremely low standards on the operator’s end.

Not only has xQc been bombarded on how wrong it is to live stream gambling in front of thousands of underage players, but now more details are surfacing that could get him, as well as TrainWrecks in real trouble. The issue of displaying gambling entertainment to minors is a whole separate problem, as Twitch channels are allowed to show their viewers anything they want and set age restrictions as they please.

After a long streak of criticism, xQc finally let it up, and quit the online gambling spree. However, TrainWrecks is still at it and doesn’t seem to care too much about gambling on casinos that are banned in the US. But the aftermath of illegal gambling is now tailgating both Twitch streamers. There are no lawsuits being filed quite yet (at least to our knowledge). But this topic is spreading like a wildfire, and if either of the streamers are faced with the consequences of these actions, it may mean jail time and massive fines as both make at least a million per live stream video.

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