Those familiar with the Twitch Casino section know the frustration of seeing channels listed that have in excess of 1,000 viewers. Whilst there are genuine channels that have this number of viewers, it is safe to say that most of these channels have these numbers because they use so called view bots.
Recently, Twitch has taken action against these channels that were using view bots to boost their viewers. Channels have finally been closed down, it resulting in the genuine channels again taking correct rank in the listing.
So why do these streamers use view bots? Having a high number of viewers ensures that the channel is listed first in the respective directory. It shows that the stream is popular with active chat, so the tendency for visitors is to go into that stream. But those viewers will be bitterly disappointed when their chat messages are not replied to, or if the chat consists of automated messages transmitted by the view bots.
Streamers that use these bots in the Casino section may also be under the false impression that it will result in a fast ticket to partnership. Little do they know that Casino streamers are not legible for partnership, so their investment in the bot software will never see a proper return.
All that these fake streamers want to do is get quick affiliate commission by hoping that viewers click on the links to the respective casino or casinos. The links are prominently displayed underneath the stream with little or no information about the streamer or the channel.
So how do you know if a streamer is using view bots? Clicking on the respective channel and seeing the number of followers gives a good clue. Some of the fake channels had 200 followers, yet had in excess of 2,000 viewers. This is neigh on possible and it is the first clue that a view bot programme is artificially boosting the numbers.
The second clue can be found by clicking on the viewers list. Look at the names and you see patterns forming. Usernames are not genuine with most of them ending with numbers.
The final clue is simply observing the chat. Some of the cheaper view bot programmes don’t make chat messages so if the chat is empty, yet there are hundreds or thousands of viewers, there surely is something amiss. Equally, view bots are easily spotted because they repeat the messages if they are capable of participating in chat.
So the best thing to do when spotting a streamer that you suspect uses view bots, is to report it to Twitch via the button at the bottom right of the stream.
To know for sure if a channel is genuine and free of view bots, please refer to the excellent Casinogrounds website that lists a lot of the genuine streamers on their home page. A schedule of their forthcoming streams is shown on the right hand side for easy reference.
Off course, not all of the streamers are listed on Casinogrounds but it is not too difficult to spot the genuine ones if you take the above mentioned tips into consideration.
Happy casino viewing on Twitch!