Valve Shuts Down CS:GO Gambling Sites

By: Ryan Cox | July 13th, 2016

A recent controversy regarding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has picked up traction in the past weeks regarding Valve’s in-game item system that has allowed fans of the game to create pseudo-gambling sites for players to trade and gamble items such as weapon skins and cosmetics.

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In specific, two YouTube celebrities by the names of Tmartn and Syndicate were co-owners of a CS:GO gambling site of which they promoted heavily on their YouTube channels without disclosing their involvement with the company. After numerous news outlets and other YouTube personalities spread word of this misconduct, a major spotlight was shone on Valve’s current management of their Steam API that allowed these sites to exist.

Today, Valve has announced that they will be changing their policy regarding the handling of their API by third-party sites. Erik Johnson had this to say:

Using the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements. We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary. Users should probably consider this information as they manage their in-game item inventory and trade activity.

In short, Valve will be issuing cease and desist orders to CS:GO item gambling sites to end the practice entirely.


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Source | Valve (SteamPowered)