Valve Gives Gambling Sites 10 Days to Shut Down

Valve Gives Gambling Sites 10 Days to Shut Down

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.

Source: Kotaku



 

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Comments Comments (5)

 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Thursday 21 Jul 2016 11:15 AM
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Did they hit Lounge? Or does that get a pass because it's keeping the game alive? :L
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 21 Jul 2016 11:57 AM
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21 July 2016, 11:15 AM Reply to Syn-Ryn
Did they hit Lounge? Or does that get a pass because it's keeping the game alive? :L
"keeping the game alive" What's keeping the game alive is the low requirement's of playing it, not some imaginary items. imo.
 
 
 
Posted by Tin-Automaton
On Thursday 21 Jul 2016 11:59 AM
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21 July 2016, 11:15 AM Reply to Syn-Ryn
Did they hit Lounge? Or does that get a pass because it's keeping the game alive? :L
Lounge has been hit -- the violation notice linked in the article shows all affected parties.
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Thursday 21 Jul 2016 12:35 PM
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21 July 2016, 11:57 AM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
"keeping the game alive" What's keeping the game alive is the low requirement's of playing it, not some imaginary items. imo.
CSGO was nothing until the economy took off, and lounge ensured even small tournament streams had good viewership.
 
 
 
Posted by ninja
On Thursday 21 Jul 2016 8:29 PM
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Well gambling is crap and should be gone from games but unliely