Valve has issued violation notices to major gambling sites that use their game economies to profit. 23 betting sites have been targeted, including CSGO Lotto, which came under public scrutiny when its owners didn’t disclose they owned the site during promotional videos.
"We are aware that you are operating one of the gambling sites listed below," wrote Karl Quackenbash, general counsel to Valve Corporation, in the letter sent out to various communities. "You are using Steam accounts to conduct this business. Your use of Steam is subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement ('SSA')."
Polygon notes that the notice orders sites to “immediately cease and desist further use” of their accounts for commercial purposes. If the gambling sites don’t comply within 10 days, “Valve will pursue all available remedies including without limitation terminating” their accounts.
This news is the culmination of multiple events over the month, where popular YouTubers didn’t disclose that they owned a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling site, which let users trade and bet on their digital cosmetic items for real world money. The site owners were sued – alongside Valve – by helping to create and foster a website that allowed underage gambling.