One particularly disgruntled Counterstrike player tired of the incessant gambling of virtual items in-game has sued the company for letting the racket go unhindered, though it may also have something to do with a large bet he recently lost…
Ever since the inception of the highly popular Counterstrike: Global Offensive, there has by all accounts been a steady rise in the illegal gambling of the game’s virtual items without any sign of Valve even attempting to stop it – with one third-party site even utilizing Steam sign-ins to make its transactions.
According to Bloomberg – who did a study on the topic – most illegal gambling sites care little for the age of their users, permitting underage gambling and breaking the law in the process, and they also estimated the virtual gambling scene raked in more than $2.3 billion in 2015 alone.
A quote from plaintiff:
“Defendant Valve knowingly allowed, supported, and/or sponsored illegal gambling by allowing millions of Americans to link their individual Steam accounts to third- party websites such as CSGO Lounge (“Lounge”), CSGO Diamonds (“Diamonds”), and OPSkins (collectively, “unnamed co-conspirators”)… In the eSports gambling economy, skins are like casino chips that have monetary value outside the game itself because of the ability to convert them directly into cash.”
He also claimed that he “has gambled on the game and lost money as both an adult and a minor”, certainly making for a rather ironic case, while also causing some to question his age.
The consequences of Valve’s “lack of action” are suggested to be dire, though this may hinge on whether Valve themselves can be held legally accountable for the illegal gambling of disparate third parties.
However, those still believing in the forlorn concept of personal responsibility may well choose to understand the case in terms of yet another litigation crazy American attempting to make a buck whilst absolving himself of any responsibility for his gambling antics.