Gambling and video games have been paring as well as peanut butter and crippling leg pain at the moment. Last week’s CS:GO lotto fiasco painted a nasty picture of barely legal gambling rings, which you can read all about here. At the time many wondered why Valve sat idly by allowing these Las Vegas’ of filth to happen.
Well now Valve appears to be doing something about it, which I is guess better late than never. Valve spokesman Erik Johnson stated in a post on Steam:
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…
These sites have basically pieced together their operations in a two-part fashion. First, they are using the OpenID API as a way for users to prove ownership of their Steam accounts and items…
Using the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements. We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary.
So looks like the company have been finally pushed into doing something about it, and no doubt the very questionable legality of all of this has forced their hand.
Hopefully next time these awful things are shut down before they can even crop up. Now if they can just make Greenlight less of a barrel of filth that’d be great!