YouTube has long been a useful and convenient way for online gamblers to see slot machines in action, but now the video-sharing mega service has banned this type of content outright without exception.
Why the Content Matters
As an example, some slot machines have bonus games that activate very infrequently, and for the average gamer, the only way to see that bonus game in action was to watch a video of it on YouTube. Videos also provided the chance to see new slot machines before they went live and to see how games played before opening an account at a casino that hosted that particular game.
Why YouTube Doesn’t Want the Content
Neither YouTube nor its parent company Google has released an official statement regarding its new terms and conditions. We do know, however, that YouTube has been actively trying to rid itself of fluff content that simply exists to generate links and provide no real value to the viewer. From that perspective, this may be a case of some bad apples spoiling the bunch because a search for a particular slot machine often resulted in many videos that were nothing more than regurgitated promo trailers and the like.
Is It a Moral Stance?
Nevertheless, if that is the case, YouTube and Google are throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water. There is a great deal of rich content being discarded, and there are YouTube channels that are dedicated to the industry in very real and useful ways that are being shut down because of the content matter. YouTube has particularly focused on slots gaming, and the company is blocking this content from viewers in areas where online gambling is legal. If it is a morality stance, it becomes tough to swallow when the company still allows channels dedicated to teenage girls in bikinis booty shaking.