Gambling now holds a place in the top ten most viewed Twitch stream categories. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Breaking into the top ten
The Twitch gambling community is growing and attracting more and more viewers, so much so that gambling has made it into the top ten most watched categories on Twitch for the first time.
an increase of 24% on a monthly basis
According to new data from analytics firm Rainmaker.gg, the “Slots” category came in ninth in the popularity ranking for May. Viewers watched approximately 39 million hours of the category, representing a 24% increase on a month-over-month basis.
It even surpassed hit game Call of Duty: Warzone in the rankings. At the top of the stack was the “Just Chat” category, with all other positions taken by leading video games such as League of Legends, Grand Theft Auto V, and Valorant.
The slots category has been consistently in the top 15 for a while, but May was the very first time it broke into the top ten.
A controversial topic
Gambling-related streams on Twitch continue to stir controversy. Many people are concerned about the impression this community can give viewers. Often streamers will place huge sums of money on slots, table games and online poker, sometimes millions in one session.
Prominent Twitch gambling streamers usually have a sponsorship or partnership agreement with a particular online gambling operator. Online crypto casino Stake is a very prominent operator in this field.
Well-known Twitch streamer Pokimane has been one of the most outspoken members of the community as opposed to gambling streams. Despite all this criticism and a recent petition to ban gambling from Twitch, Rainmaker.gg’s data indicates that the category is only gaining more followers.
Prominent Gambling Twitch Streamers
One of the most popular gambling streamers on Twitch is Trainwreck. In May, he broadcast nearly 300 hours of gambling. The Texan broke the world record for a no-jackpot online slot just a few months ago, winning $22.5 million on a single slot machine. In addition, he has recently started trying his luck at sports betting, one of his most notable wins was a triple parlay on football that netted him $2.7 million.
Another of the major gambling-related Twitch streamers is Félix “xQc” Lengyel. The former professional Overwatch player had stopped streaming gambling in June 2021 due to the negative effect it had on his mental well-being. However, xQc has been streaming gambling content again since last month.
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