Adding Poker and games of Chance/Strategy to the Allowed Games list
Will there ever be a chance for streamers to stream Poker online? I know, you're going to tell me that it's gambling and that the TOS doesn't support this. I do completely understand this. But it isn't like slots or roulette. It's a game based on strategy, logic, observation, and general knowledge of your situation. I actually lost my job in 2009 and, while looking for a new one, only made my bills by online and casino Poker. There is so much depth to the game and people LOVE to watch others that are very good at it due to really getting into what the streamer is thinking. It would be a HUGE improvement with FTL due to the fact that real life hands can be played along with the audience, even allowing the audience to make a decision on the fly and the streamer possibly correcting their decisions based on knowledge. It's a huge market that has seen a huge growth over the last 10 years and continues to be one of the top 10 shows on TV (Poker based shows are huge, even grabbing huge spotlights on major sports networks). I for one would be a streamer of Poker and feel like I have a good knowledge base from my years of experience to bring the game to a mainstream. Even if you don't allow cash games (betting real life money), what about tournaments? I know this is a long shot, but people stream tournaments from games like CSGO where their team has paid money to get into and they win a cash prize from it. This is the same as Poker. You pay an entrance fee with the possibility of winning a prize. It is the same with all other games that you pay to play in a tournament but Poker gets the bad rep.
Someone mentioned that it could be age restrictive. But we allow games like Grand Theft Auto on streams when the game pushes the M rating to almost A. I mean, the game has ***** and racial slurs EVERYWHERE! Or a Counter Strike: Global Offense match where people will say some really messed up things! But we are worried about people playing cards online with friends or possibly discussing strategy with people who are already interested in Poker.
Chris Conley commented
I'd love if this idea could get upvoted and looked at again. With the ability to age restrict viewers in the same way twitch does, you would have access to a pool of between 5000-50000 unique viewers that currently can only watch on Twitch in any given day. Allowing this feature would allow dozens of streamers to have the ability to move some of those viewers from twitch to mixer. poker is one of the fastest growing games on Twitch and is consistently in the top 20 or 30 games in terms of viewers. Please consider allowing streamers to stream it.
I sent an email out to Beam contact and I mentioned that I would game using the play money and not the real money poker and they said it shouldn't be an issue.
I think the problem with this idea is a legal issue. Most countries (my country USA included) forbids the use of online gambling websites that use real money. I don't think Beam wants to get involved in the legalities that might come up from someone streaming any gambling site that uses real money. I'm not sure how the players from CS:GO get around this issue but any game could be considered "gambling" if players pay an entrance fee to enter a tournament. Technically, that is illegal but the problem lies in how to enforce that. CS:GO is not designed around tournaments for regular players, so banning the game would not be effective. I have not read the TOS in enough detail, but Beam might be ok with you streaming a poker game that doesn't deal with real money in any way on the site. There are many out there and you could talk about strategy on those type of sites and keep the real money games for non-streaming game times. Perhaps even have a text disclaimer somewhere in your stream video feed that says, "This is not a gambling site, no real money is used in betting" or something of the sort. Unfortunately, I doubt they will ever allow real money gambling games to be streamed anytime in the near future due to all the legal red tape to go through. (I am not a member of Beam staff and this is only my opinion)