Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
May 26, 2020
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Valve says it will start cracking down on third-party gambling sites

Valve says it will start cracking down on third-party gambling sites

July 13, 2016 | By Bryant Francis

Whatever patience Valve had with the third-party gambling sites that have cropped up around the Steam Marketplace appears to have finally run out.

In an e-mail to Gamasutra today, Valve's Erik Johnson writes that in the wake of recent controversies over third-party gambling sites that make use of the Steam Marketplace to let players gamble real money on loot crates, Valve will begin ordering the operators of these sites to cease operations through Steam immediately, or else Valve will "pursue the matter as necessary."

The controversy over these sites has extended beyond the rigged, undisclosed sponsored YouTube videos that brought them into the spotlight. Recently the makers of Rocket League said they would not be implementing Steam Marketplace functionality with their new loot crates in order to prevent players from gambling on their loot boxes. 

Johnson explains that these sites operate by connecting to the Steam Marketplace in two ways, both of which violate the Steam user agreement. First, these sites use the OpenID API as a way for users to prove ownership fo their Steam accounts, (and request information from Steam users and public Steam profiles), and second, they create automated Steam accounts that make the same web calls as Steam users. 

Johnson also says that Valve has no business relationships with any of these gambling sites, which is in response to some site owners claiming they had a relationship with Valve employees. 

Incidentally, many broadcast platforms (including Twitch) prohibit users from broadcasting themselves using third-party services in a manner that would violate those services' user agreements or terms of service. That means that Twitch users streaming themselves using these CS:GO gambling sites are technically violating Twitch's own terms of service.

Related Jobs

Moon Studios
Moon Studios — Remote, California, United States

Senior Character TD
innogames — Hamburg, Germany

(Senior) Java Developer
Stray Bombay Company
Stray Bombay Company — Seattle, Washington, United States

Senior Unreal Engineer
Digital Extremes Ltd.
Digital Extremes Ltd. — London, Ontario, Canada

Senior Lighting Artist

Loading Comments

loader image