Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff recently inked a reported eight-figure deal with Twitch rival Kick. In a recent livestream, the Faze Clan co-owner and popular Call of Duty streamer said that, as part of his new deal, he will be running gambling streams. “The first question I’ve been seeing is like, ‘Nick, are you gonna do gambling streams?’” he said during his first Kick stream. “We’re gonna do some gambling for sure. It’s part of the contract.”
Whatever contract the gambling streams are a part of, Kolcheff’s sudden disclosure lends support to the idea that Kick’s success as a streaming platform is fundamentally tied to Stake’s success as a gambling one.
Nickmercs also said that he “got another place” outside of the US to do the gambling streams, as Stake.com is not licensed to operate in the United States.
Kick.com has proven it’s willing to spend a ton of money to be a major player in the video livestream business. The platform promises an enviable 95 / 5 subscription revenue split and has offered some of the biggest names in livestreaming — Félix “xQc” Lengyel and Kaitlyn “Amouranth” Siragusa, to name a few — massive contracts to stream there.
Along with other gambling sites, Stake was banned from Twitch a year ago amid concerns from several big-name Twitch streamers and many viewers who said they were concerned about gambling addiction and the effect of promoting these activities to Twitch’s massive underage audience.
Kick.com is the home of Adin Ross, a streamer known for courting controversy by platforming known white supremacists such as Nick Fuentes and spouting anti-LGBTQ+ talking points. Earlier this year, a streamer was given a one-day ban after streaming himself receiving oral sex, while another streamer came under fire for a “creepy” livestream in which an encounter with a sex worker was filmed with hidden cameras. Though in operation for a little more than a year, the platform just announced it has added the ability to report streams for guideline violations.