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Court tells Valve to stop “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” skin betting

Valve is currently facing a legal battle over its “skin boxes” feature, as a court has ruled it as gambling and ordered the company to remove it.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Valve is currently facing a legal battle over its “skin boxes” feature, as a court has ruled it as gambling and ordered the company to remove it.


Some time ago, Valve decided to add a new feature in Counter Strike: Global Offensive, where users get to buy (virtual) boxes and then open them, winning gear to use inside the game. The thing is that many people complained that this game system was merely a disguised gambling system, since it causes a certain degree of addiction among players – especially those who are underage.

Recently, the company received a notification from Washington State Gambling Commission, asking for further information on this system. Last week, the commission ruled and ordered Valve to cease the supply of skins to these gambling activities within the Steam platform, and also take all necessary actions for third-party sites to stop using the skins for gambling, either by opening boxes, either by selling random skins.

The case alleges that there is a black market for online gambling, using weapons and suits purchased from the online store CS:GO. These items can be sold to other players for money and, according to the accusation, can be used as “chips” for betting among players.

Valve has until October 14th to explain how it will fulfill the determinations of the Washington State Gambling Commission, but the company had already spoken earlier, saying that the use of the Steam API to make skins for sale websites work is against their terms of use.

By the looks of it, though, that is not enough for the Washington State Gambling Commission, mostly because they want these actions to stop completely, putting an end to all the gambling surrounding Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

For the players who were into this kind of wagering, probably going for sports betting is a better way – William Hill is a great bookmaker, with hundreds of live events every day, and it is legal.

24 y/o, born and living in Portugal. Majored in Biology, but tech and computers were always a passion. Wrote for sites like Windows.Appstorm and MakeTechEasier.

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