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Twitch streamer xQc has gambled over half a billion dollars

Twitch streamer xQc has revealed that he’s gambled over half a billion dollars via online gambling streams. Crikey!

In response to a recent Bloomberg report claiming that the Amazon-owned Twitch platform is exploring ways to tackle the seedier side of online gambling, xQc revealed his gambling addiction.

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Gambling streams are on the increase

For many of us, Twitch is a platform to catch up with our favourite content creators to check out the latest video games or relive a classic of yesteryear. However, it’s also becoming increasingly easy to access online gambling streams.

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When regulated, a good old game of poker on Twitch will be an enjoyable and safe space. However, it’s the unregulated gambling streams that are causing issues. There have been claims that wins are rigged to entice online viewers to gamble their money away.

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xQc opens up about his addiction

Following the Bloomberg report, some content creators have been speaking out and sharing their gambling stories. Twitch streamer xQc, who has a reported net worth of $9 million, revealed during a Twitch stream that he has gambled over half a billion dollars on the website, Stake.

During the stream, xQc bravely admitted to his 80,000 subscribers that he has a “gambling addiction”. Sadly, despite his omission, he also admitted to continuing to gamble his money away. In his stream, xQc revealed his lifetime wagers total over $685 million over 656,376 bets.

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The bookies always win

Furthermore, xQc also shared his gambling win/loss ratio which amounts to a disappointing 63,057 wins and 583,405 losses on the Stake website. 

It is often said that gamblers will only tell you about the stakes that they have won, and not their losses. So fair play to xQc for being so open. Furthermore, a wise man once told me that the only winners in gambling are the bookies.

I’ve never been much of a gambler myself. However, despite this, YouTube ads are always attaching them to video game-related content. So even if you’re someone that stays away from the gambling scene, it seems to be overly exposed even in unrelated genres.

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Earlier this year, concerned gamers even started a petition calling for Twitch to issue a complete ban on gambling on its platform. At the time of writing, the petition is nearing its intended goal of 2,500 signatures.

If you or anyone that you know has a gambling problem, below you can find some helpful websites with relevant support and information:

Featured Image Credit: xQc via Twitch/Source: Game Rant

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