This is an interesting topic, clearly dividing gamblers view if streamers or casinos have any responsibility for the alarming growth of problem gamblers.
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Well some of you might now point out that the Casinos are the problems but not the streamers. You need to realize that streamers fully depend on Casinos to continue their streaming, they are not getting massive sub counts nor donations on twitch and couldn't make a profit streaming casino games without affiliate programs and daily bonuses from casinos.
Someone might now point out that this streamer doesn't have any affiliate program nor takes any daily bonuses from casinos. Well then that streamer either doesn't have a viewer base or for some reason promote one of the fastest growing addictions for free. That would be insane if you ask me.
LeoVegas bought the majority(51%) in this site(Casinogrounds) for 4.5 Million Euros(1.5 Million of that deal will only be paid out if revenue goals are met in January 2018, but as LeoVegas states themselves they are confident that Casinogrounds will hit those goals), that puts it to an evaluation of 9 million euros. This site was made on the foundation of top streamers on twitch and big hits youtube videos. Casino Streams are big business and I don't care if some of the streamers doesn't make their fair share.
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The original poster states that a ban on casino streamers is a requirement to slow down the growth on gambling addiction and also limiting it.
Especially the statement that casino streams would add to the growth of gambling addiction have been questioned in this thread. A point have been made that big hit videos on youtube and casino streams on twitch are not easily stumbled upon. While there is a truth to that statement one can easily be introduced to these streams and videos thru a third party(A friend perhaps) or see the casino section on twitch and curiously take a gander on what is going down in that section.
If we instead ask ourselves the simple question "would there be faster growth with streaming/big hit videos or would the growth be the same without it?", does the knowledge that its hard for a first time internet user to navigate themselves to Big hit videos really matter? The answer to the question is undoubtedly, Casino Streams and big hit videos does add to the growth of Gambling addiction. If you somehow think it doesn't, then you are in denial. Every day businesses are making videos that they hope will go viral and be shared, they doesn't just hope that people will somehow navigate with the correct google search to their newly produced advertisement.
The second part would a ban limit gambling addiction, this one is not questioned. Here the blame is instead moved to the gambling addict, the gambling addict is weak because he cant stay away from his addiction. This is not an uncommon view on gambling addiction but it is interesting that people who thinks and expresses this opinion rarely would say this about any of the other big addictions. With the exception of sugar, people who are fat only have themselves to blame(am i right? If you think I am read a book on sugar addiction).
If a drug addict tries to quit drugs and we would read that they got pestered by their dealer on their way to work(radio), on their phone, in their mail and when they are home(Tv, email and the internet in general). All with the same message "Free drugs!" or "buy drugs and get more drugs free!". Wouldn't we feel like there is some injustice done to that person? But yes this isn't a perfect analogy because drugs are illegal and is by all accounts a stronger addiction than anything else.
An alcoholic maybe, faces some of the same struggles as a gambling addict in some(most?) countries. Alcohol is readily available in stores, pubs, restaurants and a given at any social event. If an alcoholic wants to get clean that person needs to go to lengths of self control and eliminate things in their life that most of us take for granted. However I do believe most countries have more regulation toward alcohol and is better prepared to help someone that is struggling. I'm not sure on this but I do feel like there is an easier step to login at a casino and start depositing money than going out and getting alcohol. Not much of a difference but I feel its there.
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With all that said I am of the belief that a persons freedom to pursue her own interests is something we should protect and even accept interests that might be considered damaging, but not to a cost that is unacceptable to that person or our society.
I simple think if businesses get knowledge of a serious problem within their market, they should take the appropriate actions to self-regulate that problem. Governments should not intervene to hastily with regulations, that could lead us to a dangerous heavy handed censorship of the peoples right to choose their own interests.
If a business instead uses that knowledge to feed the problem for monetary gain the government should regulate that market, and if the government was forced to intervene the regulation should be forceful and vigilantly enforced. As a punishment but also as a warning to other markets.
The casino trade isn't in its cradle, they should have come together years ago to create a one button self exclude option for all casino games for any person that wanted to use that option. They shouldn't target gambling addicts and use the tools that they have created to milk every last borrowed penny out of them. Yes this is true, Casino makes most of their profit on gamblers they know are addicts.
Casino streamers are not at fault for what the casinos does, they have little say in this and I do believe every single one of Casinogrounds streamers are genuine when they say they started this as a hobby. Now it has grown and now you could see a point of trying to regulate it. How could casino streamers help?
They could use their position and leverage towards Twitch and youtube together with everyone that thinks there should be an option to opt out from having the ability to view big hit videos on youtube or casino streams on twitch.
A petition with a statement that we want viewers to be given the option if their account should be able to search and watch gambling related content, and also that you aren't able to view Gambling related content without creating an account.
(Now I know some of you might try to throw this suggestions out because of loot boxes, but as of now no government does yet view this as gambling. I'm sure they in the near future will but casino streamers have no responsibility for this.)
Sorry for the long post, if you made it this far: Have a cookie!