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Re: Twitch streams I have mixed feelings about these streams. In the poker world we tend to judge things by how 'good for poker' they are and these streams do gain the industry new and wider exposure so naturally we can see them as good fun. On the other side though I'm not totally comfortable with the platform they're using (Twitch) a site I've been a user of for some years now and have watched hundreds of hours of gamers streaming over that time even subscribing to some. The reason it doesn't sit well with me is that the audience of people who use Twitch are young, immature and extremely impressionable kids and teenagers. I'm sure the stattos at Twitch or in Poker PR will claim there's a decent % of users on Twitch over 18, but that's unreliable as the Internet is a place for lying about your age. So it's not a stretch to say the majority of the audience on Twitch is underage, and yet Poker is being demonstrated on there like it's the norm. People can argue it's the same for streaming 18+ games like GTA5, but it's different imo because there's a common understanding that a game is a game. The danger is putting poker alongside other games is the youngsters think it's just another game with no consequences, and for them to find out otherwise could have very real life consequences - that is my concern. I think it's a debate worth having in the industry anyway :ok

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Re: Twitch streams Good point. Also, (and completely unrelated), I have serious doubt about the educational value of these. They are (some at least) great fun, but are no substitutes to proper studying (which is more like actual worke eh!)

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