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The “Slotstreams” Phenomenon on Twitch.Tv: Can it Lead to Online Gambling?

Version 1 : Received: 28 November 2022 / Approved: 29 November 2022 / Online: 29 November 2022 (09:23:05 CET)

How to cite: Casu, M.; Belfiore, C.I. The “Slotstreams” Phenomenon on Twitch.Tv: Can it Lead to Online Gambling?. Preprints 2022, 2022110547. Casu, M.; Belfiore, C.I. The “Slotstreams” Phenomenon on Twitch.Tv: Can it Lead to Online Gambling?. Preprints 2022, 2022110547.


(1) Background: is a live video content website. As of 2022, Twitch users are generally adolescents and young adults, with estimates of the percentage of users aged 16-24 between 22.3% and 41%, predominantly males with estimates ranging from 65% to 78.36%. In recent years, “slotstream” content has become increasingly popular, where streamers gamble online while users watch them. (2) Methods: from July 2022 to November 2022, we researched articles related to Twitch, live streaming, gambling, casino, slot, gambling online, modeling, social media influencers, conditioning, and celebrities, searching for relevant studies in the databases LexisNexis Academic, Business Source Complete, PubMed, Web of Science, Freedom Collection, Health & Medical Collection, Elsevier Journal, Springer, APA PsycARTICLES, Wiley, and other single journals. (3) Results: we took into consideration Gambling Disorder, Online Gambling Disorder, and Internet Gaming Disorder on the one hand, and consumer components such as persuasive communication and influencer-audience relationship on the other; we then hypothesized that the presence of these variables within the slotstream format is positively correlated with the development of pathological gambling, especially in an adolescent audience. (4) Conclusion: we assume that there is a positive correlation between watching slotstream content and the probability of developing both pathological and non-pathological gambling behavior.

Keywords; twitch; live streaming; online gambling; addiction; gambling disorder; internet use; slotstreams; online casino; online slots.


Social Sciences, Psychology

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