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Twitch streamer TrainwrecksTV has been vocal on Twitter following an alleged ban by EA from participating in an Apex Legends competition. The content creator took to the social media platform to announce he would not be part of a competition held by Nickmercs due to EA’s disagreement with his gambling streams.
Trainwreck is one of the biggest streamers on Twitch, and one of his regular forms of content is playing slots on stream. The creator takes some deals from gambling sites, like Stake.com according to Invenglobal, but additionally will spend a lot of time when playing telling his viewers how bad gambling is. Though he continues to play slots on stream and lose money, there are obvious concerns about how visible that content is to younger viewers or people who could easily get into gambling, despite Trackwreck telling them they’ll lose a lot if they begin. And EA doesn’t seem comfortable with having him near their content.
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On Twitter, Trainwrecks says: “… EA just told Nickmercs I can’t play in his EA sponsored apex tournament because of my gambling streams”. What seems hypocritical to many of the people replying to this tweet is that EA is known for its microtransactions in its games which are often likened to gambling. Perhaps that’s the comparison that EA was trying to avoid.
… @EA just told nickmercs i can’t play in his EA sponsored apex tournament because of my gambling streams— Trainwreck (@Trainwreckstv) November 1, 2021
Nickmercs held a massive Apex Legends tournament where dozens of people fought to win $50,000. Obviously, when something is sponsored by a company like this, the creator had to agree to some conditions to pull it off, which included Trainwreck’s exclusion, no matter how last minute.
Trainwrecks has previously defended gambling on stream in a conversation with H3H3, Hasan Piker, and xQc. He uses arguments about how he’s not trying to influence people into gambling, and that when he’s promoting a site, it’s to people who already gamble rather than encouraging new players. But honestly, how can anyone be sure of who they influence with an audience that massive?
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