Valve cracks down on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling sites0 Comments
There's been some recent controversy concernnig gambling sites based around tradeable Steam items from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Two YouTube users, Tom Cassell and Trevor Martin, came under scrutiny when it was discovered that they had been promoting gambling website CS:GO Lotto without telling audiences that they actually owned the website. Not long after, Valve said they planned to seek out such gambling endeavors and put the kibosh on them, and that's just what they have done.
A total of 23 websites so far have been sent the following brief and precisely-worded letter on behalf of Valve:
"We are aware that you are operating one of the gambling sites listed below. You are using Steam accounts to conduct this business. Your use of Steam is subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (“SSA”). Under the SSA Steam and Steam services are licensed for personal, non-commercial use only. Your commercial use of Steam accounts is unlicensed and in violation of the SSA. You should immediately cease and desist further use of your Steam accounts for any commercial purposes. If you fail to do this within ten (10) days Valve will pursue all available remedies including without limitation terminating your accounts."
Of the 23 websites listed, all but four specifically reference CS:GO, with one specifically referencing Dota 2. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, all of the listed sites are still live at the time of writing. It's probably best that the teams behind those sites take Valve at their word, but as to whether they do or don't, we'll just have to wait and see.
Valve Sends Cease And Desist Notice To CS:GO Gambling Sites, Game Informer