In the last year, Valve has attempted to eradicate several Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling outlets on account of such using Steam for commercial purposes. It seems that the hunt is on towards another online shooter, Team Fortress 2.
If you’re not sure what skin gambling is, check out Extra Credits on the matter, they have a very informative video.
Valve hasn’t taken action on this decision yet, beyond announcing it on the Team Fortress 2 website itself. They stated that “in July of last year we outlined our position on gambling websites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CSGO gambling accounts. You can view the original post here.
More recently, some gambling websites started leveraging TF2 items. Today we began the process of blocking TF2 gambling accounts as well. We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.”
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After eradicating so many CSGO gambling sites, a number of them wanted to fight back against Valve. They have claimed that their operations are entirely legal and will relaunch their businesses after speaking with Valve.
Their cases have gone nowhere, of course, which makes it fairly clear how Valve feels about the situation.
So for now, be careful who you’re buying your skins and equipment from. What do you think of Valve’s decision? Let us know in the comments below!