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
July 29, 2021
arrowPress Releases







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


Gambling on eSports under new scrutiny by UK Gambling Commission

Gambling on eSports under new scrutiny by UK Gambling Commission

August 11, 2016 | By Alex Wawro




The Gambling Commission, that Great British authority responsible for regulating lotteries and commercial gambling, has published a discussion paper outlining its concerns about (among other things) unlicensed gambling using virtual game goods with real-money value -- especially on eSports. 

The fact that the Commission is seeking to drum up discussion on the subject is especially notable given the recent uptick in popular attention paid to unregulated gambling rings around games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Bloomberg recently estimated that as much as $2.3 billion was wagered via CS: GO skins last year at websites like CSGOLounge, where users can bet in-game skins with real-money value on the outcome of competitive CS:GO matches.

Increasing public scrutiny of these operations also recently exposed some YouTubers and streamers who where promoting them without disclosing that they either had a stake in these gambling sites or were compensated to promote them.

Shortly thereafter Valve issued cease-and-desist letters to at least 23 CS: GO and Dota 2 gambling sites, which brings us back around to the Gambling Commission as some of those sites targeted by Valve (most notably, CSGOLounge) have said they will seek to bring their operations in line with gambling regulations and apply for gambling licenses. 

"Like any other market, we expect operators offering markets on eSports to manage the risks – including the significant risk that children and young people may try to bet on such events given the growing popularity of eSports with those who are too young to gamble," stated Gambling Commission General Counsel Neil McArthur in a press release about the Commission's new discussion paper. 

The Commission is seeking comments on the paper through the end of September, and it plans to issue a more definitive "position paper" on the subject before the end of the year.



Related Jobs

Treyarch / Activision
Treyarch / Activision — Santa Monica, California, United States
[07.28.21]

Associate Systems Designer
Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[07.28.21]

AI Systems Designer
Xbox Graphics
Xbox Graphics — Redmond, Washington, United States
[07.28.21]

Senior Software Engineer: Performance Tooling
Xbox Graphics
Xbox Graphics — Redmond, Washington, United States
[07.28.21]

Senior Software Engineer: GPU Compilers









Loading Comments

loader image