informa
News

Valve refutes Washington State accusations over CS:GO gambling

Valve states that accusations from the Washington State Gambling Commission that hold the company responsible for facilitating illegal online gambling have no "factual or legal support."

Valve has responded to an earlier notice from the Washington State Gambling Commission that accused the company of facilitating online gambling activities through features on Steam.

In a recently released letter to the State Commission, Valve states the company has taken steps to discourage Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-centric gambling in the past, and that the Commission has no factual or legal basis for such accusations. 

Valve’s response, and the original implication of wrongdoing from Washington, could potentially change the way platforms like Steam handle digital item trading and sales. 

The original letter from the Washington State Gambling Commission alleged that it was Valve's responsibility to stop websites from using Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins as virtual betting chips, and that the ability to trade skins through Steam facilitated these illegal gambling activities.

“Outside of Steam and, we believe, outside of the United States, certain websites offer gambling propositions,” said legal counsel Liam Lavery on behalf of Valve. “Valve has no business relationship with such gambling sites, and indeed they can come into existence, operate, and go out of existence without Valve's knowledge.”

Lavery also notes that Valve has taken action against third-party gambling websites in the past, including disabling Steam accounts associated with gambling sites and sending out cease and desist letters to over 40 involved websites.

“Valve can enforce its user agreements against the Steam accounts of skins gambling sites, where we can identify the site and identify the corresponding account,” he said. “We welcome the chance for further communication with the Commission, if it would like to clarify the legal allegations against Valve, or alternatively to work with Valve to identify offending Steam accounts of gambling sites.”

The legality around the responsibility a company like Valve has when its properties are used for illegal gambling is still being navigated. Just a few weeks ago, a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Valve in relation to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling.

Latest Jobs

Infinity Ward

Woodland Hills, California
11.3.21
Sr. Multiplayer Design Scripter/Programmer

Disbelief

Cambridge, Massachusetts
11.3.21
Jr. Programmer

XSEED

Torrance, California
11.3.21
Head of Marketing
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more