Twitch Banned in Slovakia Because a Streamer Played Poker
The entire Twitch streamingÂ platform has been blocked by ISPâ€™s in the whole country of Slovakia, just because a single Slovakian streamer broke the gambling laws by playing and streaming poker. This is the first instance where both the creator and the platform were blocked.
Slovak court has â€œissued an order to block the profile of the Slovak streamer with the nickname dDandisâ€ as he reportedly broke the law regarding promoting gambling by playing internet poker. The Slovakian Regulatory office for Gambling now lists dDandisâ€™ Twitch channel as a banned website, among many other online sportsbooks and gambling websites.
As of now, the only Internet Service Provider in Slovakia to have blocked Twitch is â€œO2â€. The platform is still accessible through other ISPâ€™s in Slovakia, but it is unclear for how long. In practice, even though the courtâ€™s decision is effective immediately, operators have an unspecified number of days to comply.
Gambling streams have been a controversial topic on Twitch for a while now, but the issue came to the spotlight just now. Many of the siteâ€™s popular streams now call for online poker and gambling streams to be outright banned, in order to avoid further problems the platform may encounter with EU laws.