Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Valve Skin Gambling Lawsuit

It will be interesting to see how Valve responds to this case.

As CS:GO skins can be traded, the plaintiff argues they are a "thing of value" under state law. Furthermore, Valve takes a 15% cut of any CS:GO items traded through the Steam Marketplace. This, the plaintiff argues, sees it benefiting directly from encouraging the exchange of digital goods. These goods are acquired through loot boxes, which the filing notes, bear a striking aesthetic resemblance to slot machines. However, unlike regulated machines, Valve is not required to display the odds to users. This lack of regulation gives Valve an unfair advantage, the filing suggests, because it is not required to ensure fair gambling conditions or pay fees and taxes to local government.