Pokimane, Twitch Streamers May Strike After $200k Gambling Scam

Mizkiff sits with cat ears on his stream.

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On Saturday, a Twitch streamer named Abraham Mohammed, better known by the audience as Slicker, accepted that he defrauded his fans and other content creators out of at least $200,000 to fund his own counter Strike Global Offensive gambling addiction. In response, big-name streamers such as Iman “Pokiemane” Ennis, Matthew “Mizkiff” Rinado, and Devin Nash are coordinating a boycott of Twitch during Christmas week to protest the platform’s lax policies on gambling streams.

CS:GO it has a weapon skin real money value Valve market. Because the rarest skins can be worth thousands of dollars, third-party sites use them to bet on the result in the form of “casino chips”. CS:GO match. as of 2016The skin-betting market was estimated to be worth $7 billion. Slicker received money from fans and other streamers under the false pretense that his bank account had been closed and that he needed to borrow money to keep his credit score from taking a hit. Streamer Hassan “Hasanabi” Picker was among those who asked for help after giving cash to Slicker and falsely saying that, among other financial woes and complications, his payment from Twitch had not arrived for that month. the girls said later, “I thought he needed, I thought he needed money legally.” But in Saturday’s video, Slicker admitted that telling people he was only hard on cash was a ploy.

in a tear confession videoSlicker told his audience he would start gambling CS:GO skins, but eventually moved on to betting with real money. He initially used the money from his first job and “all” of his Twitch income, but it wasn’t enough for him. He started borrowing money from other streamers, 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 back all his creditors.

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

Popular streamers Pokemon, Mizkiff and Devin Nash are discussing Twitch’s responsibility to take action against gambling streams, which some people think are manipulative to viewers and perhaps especially harmful to younger viewers. In a joint stream, he mentioned that some streamers made money promoting gambling, and that gambling was one of Twitch’s most popular categories. Mizkiff credits the idea to his acquaintance, politics streamer Destiny, suggesting that 10-20 content creators with a large number of followers should send a joint statement to Twitch. Either platform should oppose gambling streams And sponsorsOr they will go on strike during the week of Christmas. my box Contacted Twitch, but did not receive any comment in time for publication. While some streamers are waiting for answers, others are already mobilizing. Top creators like XQC and Ludwig say they are going to pay back some of the people who got scammed, provided they have proof that their money was taken. “sSome stories are terrible,” xqc tweeted. “TeaThere’s no way we’re going to sit there watching/listening. I’m tweeting about its optics. I don’t give a crap about 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, Tweeted That the “real problem” was the people blaming slots, blackjack and roulette rather than the person. He argued that sports betting is generalized, but acknowledged that the practice of gifting by streamers using codes requiring spectators to engage in gambling is “predatory”, as is gambling by hiding losses on stream. To highlight the victory. However, he draws in significant amounts of money with his own lucrative gambling streams and sponsorship. train accident lent earlier Like $100,000.

Some content creators, meanwhile, are disappointed to see influential streamers throng around gambling that some of Twitch’s biggest names have been too silent on other issues. During “Where Was This Energy” hate raids, Ask DePass (cypheroftier), a content creator and activist. “Where is it for the persistent racism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny on stage?”

In fact, content creators seem to be too quick to attribute the misfortune to systemic problems this time around. ,[Gambling] It is the problem of the platform, not the problem of the people.” tweeted Devin Nash. “Create an environment for” [unaccountable streamers] To flourish and they will appear. ,

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