eSports In Bad Light Due to Recent Controversies

eSports Skin Betting

With the eSports skin betting controversy involving Valve Corporation gradually drawing to a close, Twitch, a live streaming video platform, aired its side and warned broadcasters to avoid streaming content that promotes skin betting.

Twitch posted on its blog the latest restrictions on its platform:

“Content in which the broadcaster uses or promotes services that violate Valve’s stated restrictions is prohibited on Twitch.”

The announcement came hours after Valve released on Wednesday its statement regarding eSports skin betting, which has been made clear to be a violation against Valve’s policy.

Valve, which now faces class action lawsuits for its alleged role in the promotion of skin betting among minors, composes a significant share of the streamed content on Twitch.


Games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 are some of the popular titles that enjoy a large viewership on the live streaming video platform. It is also Valve’s first-person shooting game that is largely connected to the eSports skin betting controversy at present.

The latest developments on the side of Twitch clearly draws the line on what kind of content Twitch streamers can broadcast in relation to eSports.

Twitch, Valve used as channel for marketing and gambling

Earlier this year, Valve already raised the flag on match fixing on the Counter-Strike game. It was reported that even professional gamers were involved in the match fixing incident, which has earned them the exclusion from the eSports tournament back then.

Meanwhile, a Twitch streamer admitted last month that the skin betting site CS:GO Diamonds created a marketing deal with him, which enabled him to know the outcome of the roll of the dice and therefore encourage the viewers to check out the site.


As more issues begin to hit the mediums that promote the spread of eSports, the budding gaming sector gets threatened, and this may extend the effects on Bitcoin eSports.

Bitcoin eSports betting has come a long way since the early days as more players are using Bitcoin to bet on the eSports tournaments. It can be hoped that the controversies with skin betting and the restrictions on Twitch will not negatively affect the rise of Bitcoin in eSports.

Originally posted on Twitch warns users to stop streaming eSports gambling content

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

A passionate adherent of the casino industry, Bitcoin has changed Chris’ life. Now, aside from working as the Business Development Manager of Bitcoin Gambling Guide, he spends his time working on new ways to help the cryptocurrency community as well as the online gambling industry. He regularly stays updated with the latest trends in the Bitcoin gambling market to continually gain insights and clearer perspectives on the path the digital currency is taking. Included in his mission to forward the market is his personal goal to share worthy and unique ideas that will pave the way for more innovations and developments. If not preoccupied in juggling with his duties, Chris devotes his time betting in Bitcoin casinos. Who said it’s impossible to work and play at the same time?

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