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Valve to crack down on gambling websites

General Aleksei “Aleksei.L” Louchnikov

Valve to send cease operation notices to online gambling websites that use Steam's OpenID API.​

In 2011 Valve added an in-game trading system which allowed users to trade items, in the form of both barter and monetary acquisition. Shortly after the introduction of trading, gambling websites began to spring up for two of the most popular titles – Dota2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Many were alarmed by this trend, as the industry lacked any kind of safeguards or regulation, and today it seems as though Valve have decided to step in and solve the issue.

In a recent update Valve announced that it will be sending notices to gambling websites that abuse the Steam OpenID API, demanding a cease in operations. The news emerges following a plethora of gambling website exposés and negative headlines surrounding members of the CS:GO streaming community, with a number of legal cases on-going in the united states related to the accusations against streamers.

Valve issued a statement, whereby the company distanced itself from the websites by expressing: “We’d like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We have never received any revenue from them. And Steam does not have a system for turning in-game items into real world currency.”

Valve’s OpenID API was used for the verification of accounts on gambling websites, where users would have to sign in to their website accounts through their steam accounts. Gambling websites also exploited the OpenID API by creating automated bots that would trade winnings/bets through the same system.

In a bid to crack down on said websites, Valve have said: “We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary.”

The story will no doubt continue to unfold in the coming days, so check back for further developments.

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Aleksei “Aleksei.L” Louchnikov
<p>Former CS:GO Section Editorial Lead at GosuGamers.net. Contact - @Aleksei_Lushni/[email protected]</p>

Discussion

  • Tomasz "TUMULT" Brzycki ,
    Late step but it's good and necessary. If items prices will be slash in half, I can only be grateful for that, this only means more rare skins to play for me. Fook stupid gambling sites, rip bets sites, but trading on it own will be still fine as it is.
    • lubos "lubacos" kovacik ,
      How will prices be slashed in the half ?
      • lubos "lubacos" kovacik ,
        So to your first post: " wtf fucking valve ,,,,they just want to have all the profit only for themselves.. " - This si so completely retarded i cant even belive how somebody with non chimpanzee brain can write. If its up to valve, they would not change a thing. Cs go betting is bringhing them huge amount of money and traffic on market. Therefore writing something like you did , is beyond retarded. It only shows , you are below chimp in size of a brain :D.
      • lubos "lubacos" kovacik ,
        And to the " prices will be slashed in the half part " - I still dont see any indicators how will that happen. So far nobody knows what Valve defence will be. The worst part would be if they had to rework how steam market works, but even in that case , i dont see how would prices drop to half. And since valve earns milions with steam market, i dont even see them reworking the market itself. Therefore i am asking you chimpanzee, care to elaborate on your point ?
  • Andrew "Mac_" O ,
    Good for Valve to act and put an end to scam artists taking advantage of an ignorant and gullible community.
  • yedd "Naych_p" dola ,
    all your rares are belong to US, KAppa
  • Nguyen "justthieenj" Thien ,
    rip all traders out there
    • lubos "lubacos" kovacik ,
      How exactly will this kill all traders ?
      • rey mark "reymark1995" dugay ,
        Censored by GosuCrew
        • Chaitanya "gvmchaitanya" Guzzu ,
          well u seem to "know" a lot of things.... y dont u explain to all of us in layman terms so that we can all be enlightened by such a knowledgeable person as u.... and dont behave like a loser giving out the same shit as above where u say that u are the only smart guy around.... thanks in advance.

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