Pokimane and Twitch Streamers Might Hit After $200,000 Gambling Fraud

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On Saturday, a Twitch celebrity named Abraham Mohammed, better known to viewers as Sliker, He confessed He scammed fans and other creators out of at least $200,000 to fund it Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Gambling addiction. In response, big-name broadcasters like Iman “Bokemani” Anis, Matthew “Mezkief” Reno and Devin Nash coordinated Twitch County during Christmas week to protest the platform’s lax policies on gambling streams.

CS: GO It has weapon shapes in it real money value At Valve Market. Since the rarest decks can be worth thousands of dollars, third-party sites are using them as “casino chips” to bet on the outcome of the game. CS: GO matches. As of 2016The leather betting market is valued at $7 billion. Sliker received money from fans and other operators on the false pretense that his bank account was closed and that he needed to borrow money to prevent his credit score from taking a hit. Streamer Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker was among those who gave Sliker cash after he reached out to him and asked for help, falsely stating, among other financial problems and complications, that his Twitch payments hadn’t been made during that month. The girls said later, “I thought he needed, I thought he needed money legitimately.” But in a Saturday video, Slicker admitted that telling people he simply had a hard time getting money was a hoax.

in tears confession videoSlicker told his viewers that he started gambling CS: GO But in the end I moved on to betting with real money. At first he used the money from his first job and “all” his income on Twitch, but that wasn’t enough for him. He began borrowing money from other broadcasters, lying to them about why he needed the money and what the money would be used for. In the video, he promised that he would eventually pay all of his creditors.

I deserve punishment. “Whatever happens,” he said. “I don’t know what to say to the people I borrowed from… This is the example of gambling. I want to say don’t touch it.”

Famous viewers Pokimane, Mizkif and Devin Nash have discussed Twitch’s own responsibility to take action against gambling streams, which some feel are manipulating viewers and may be particularly harmful to younger viewers. On a joint table, they mentioned that some streamers made money promoting gambling, and that gambling was one of the most popular categories of Twitch. Mizkif, attributing the idea to an acquaintance, policy streamer Destiny, suggested that 10-20 creators with a large following send a joint statement to Twitch. Either the platform takes a stand against gambling streams And the careOr they’ll be on strike during Christmas week. my box She reached out to Twitch, but did not receive any comment in time to post. While some streamers wait for an answer, others are already mobilizing. Top creators like xQc and Ludwig say they will return some people who have been scammed, provided they have proof that their money was taken. “sSome awesome stories,” xqc tweeted. “TThere’s no way we’ll just sit there and watch/listen. I’m done tweeting about optics for this. I don’t care what people think about it.”

Of course, not all streamers engaged in the conversation share the point of view that gambling is an issue on the platform. Tyler Faraz “Trainwreck” Niknam, himself a slots streamer, tweet The “real problem” is that people blame slot machines, blackjack and roulette rather than the individual. He argued that sports betting had become the norm, but acknowledged that the practice of live streamers by using codes that required viewers to engage in gambling was a “predatory” practice, as was highlighting gambling’s victories while hiding losses during broadcast. However, he withdraws large sums of money with his own earnings gambling streams and care. train wreck Already lent Like $100,000.

Meanwhile, some content creators, seeing mobilization from influential broadcasters around gambling, are disappointed that some of Twitch’s biggest names have been more silent on other issues. “Where was this energy during Hate raids? ” Request Ask DePass (Cypheroftyr), content creator and activist. “Where are the persistent racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny on the platform?”

In fact, the creators seem to be much faster at attributing the ordeal to systemic problems this time around. “[Gambling] It’s a problem with the platform, not a people problem.” chirp Devin Nash. Create the environment for [unaccountable streamers] to flourish and appear. “