End Of The Skin Betting World As We Know It Valve Cuts Off CSGO In-Game Wagering

EndOfTheSkinBettingWorldAsWeKnowIt?

ValveCutsOffCS:GOIn-GameWagering

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PostedByDustinGoukeronJuly13,2016-LastUpdatedonJanuary22,2018

[toc]Valveannouncedthatitisaskingskinbettingsitestostopusingitstechnologyforwageringofin-gameitemsforCounterStrike:GlobalOffensive。

WhatValvesaidonskinbetting

AccordingtoapostattheSteamcommunityforums:

WearegoingtostartsendingnoticestothesesitesrequestingtheyceaseoperationsthroughSteam,andfurtherpursuethematterasnecessary。

Valveistryingtodistanceitselffromtheskinbettingindustry,whichhascomeunderincreasingscrutinyforitslegalityintheU。

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andelsewhere,scrutinyfueledbyanumberof?

high-profilescandals?

andclassactionlawsuits?

filedagainstValveregardingskinbetting。

ImpactsfromtheValvedecision

TheannouncementcouldeffectivelymeantheendofskinwageringonCS:GO,aswithoutaccesstotheAPIforthegame,thereisnopracticalwayforskinbettingtooccur。

Itwouldalsomeanthebeginningoftheendofanindustrythathasquicklybecomeamulti-billiondollarendeavorbyturnover。

Itsnotclearhowthenumerousskinbettingsiteswillreacttothenews。

ThefullValvestatement

HereisthestatementpostedbyValve:

In2011,weaddedafeaturetoSteamthatenableduserstotradein-gameitemsasawaytomakeiteasierforpeopletogettheitemstheywantedingamesfeaturingin-gameeconomies。

SincethenanumberofgamblingsitesstartedleveragingtheSteamtradingsystem,andthere’sbeensomefalseassumptionsaboutourinvolvementwiththesesites。

We’dliketoclarifythatwehavenobusinessrelationshipswithanyofthesesites。

Wehaveneverreceivedanyrevenuefromthem。

AndSteamdoesnothaveasystemforturningin-gameitemsintorealworldcurrency。

Thesesiteshavebasicallypiecedtogethertheiroperationsintwo-partfashion。

First,theyareusingtheOpenIDAPIasawayforuserstoproveownershipoftheirSteamaccountsanditems。

AnyotherinformationtheyobtainaboutausersSteamaccountiseithermanuallydisclosedbytheuserorobtainedfromtheuser’sSteamCommunityprofile(whentheuserhaschosentomaketheirprofilepublic)。

Second,theycreateautomatedSteamaccountsthatmakethesamewebcallsasindividualSteamusers。

UsingtheOpenIDAPIandmakingthesamewebcallsasSteamuserstorunagamblingbusinessisnotallowedbyourAPInorouruseragreements。

WearegoingtostartsendingnoticestothesesitesrequestingtheyceaseoperationsthroughSteam,andfurtherpursuethematterasnecessary。