So lets have a quick recap about which way is up. One of the really cool things about Counterstrike Global Offensive is the fact you no longer have to use “standard” weapons, they have gone and gotten a lot prettier (dare we say elitist? probably not, everyone likes what they like). The other cool thing added was the ability to trade these skins, you could either buy them in game, or trade with your friends online.
That is where it get’s messy! In order to be able to do these things there are some features opened up in the Steam API, these same things are now used by other sites to let you cash out your skins for cold hard cash (well, Paypal, but who are we kidding, that’s good enough these days). These same sites also offer a “gambling” system, whereby you can offer up some crappy skins and depending on the roll of a dice, spin of a wheel or even the outcome of a professional game, you could potentially get more superior skins for your collection. Well rarer at least.
But this is where it gets interesting, the game itself is rated PGA 16, meaning you can purchase the game at 16 years old. Unfortunately, gambling in the western world isn’t allowed under the age of 18 and these sites are not doing any user validation for their ages. As such, law suits have started to appear attacking Valve for facilitating “Underage Gambling”. Of course this is a crock, its the external sites that are doing that, the facilities provided by Valve are there for legitimate reasons. However, Valve have to take action along with reaffirming over and over that they are not and never will be affiliated with these sites. Stronger than that in fact, and has banned professional players that have been found to be using these sites.
Yes, match fixing has been suggested to better gambling odds at these sites. Unfortunately Faze have also been implicated with the site CSGOWild, a number of their players promote the site in their BIO’s but none of them state that actually they are receiving Skins, Gems and other rewards in return for that. A more worrying element is that the site could actually be owned by them!
Source Material: Valve Bans
Valve released an official statement:
“Re: Violations of Steam Subscriber Agreement
“We are aware that you are operating one of the gambling sites listed below. You are using Steam accounts to conduct this business. Under the SSA Steam and Steam services are licensed for personal, non-commercial use only. Your commercial use of Steam accounts is unlicensed and in violation of the SSA. You should immediately cease and desist further use of your Steam accounts for any commercial purpose. If you fail to do this within ten (10) days Valve will pursue all available remedies including without limitation terminating your accounts.”
So if you’re into that sort of thing, then you probably should get in quick because Valve are now systematically targeting these sites in order to shut them down. But be aware, it is at your own risk, when you gamble the only real winner is the house.
Peaceout and Happy gaming!