HoSpanky wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 16:09:
As for the Valve / CSGO case, is THAT why the game is always a top seller? I had no clue there was a gambling subculture for it. The kid suing is now an adult, who is basically mad that he gambled and lost. He wouldn't have pushed for the case if he gambled and WON. It's not Valve's responsibility to police OTHER websites, especially if they're based in countries other than the US where they're based out of. The site may or may not have asked if he was 18. If it did, he lied. Hey, kiddo, time to learn real world consequences. I wonder how much he lost that he's trying to sue Valve, though.
Yes, there are several elements to CSGO (below) that create a culture of betting/gambling, and Valve makes money like a casino the whole way...Also, having multiple CSGO accounts means you increase your exposure to possible winnings.
1. Weapon Skin Drops – Random weapon skins will be handed out at the end of every official Valve game mode. These range in value from $0.02 to +$500, every user is guaranteed to receive at least 3 of those drops a week with ‘regular’ play. Anything greater than $1 is very rare, from my experience. Perhaps 1 out of 100 drops. Certain weapon skins can only be acquired this way. These can be sold on the market place.
2. Trade-Up Contracts – You can take 10 skins of similar condition and trade them up for 1 skin of the next condition, which can range in value and rarity.
3. Weapon Cases – Cases can also be dropped at the end of a match, but can only be opened with a $1.99 key bought from Valve. Opening a case will give you 1 skin and is revealed through a slot machine style graphic. Certain weapon skins can only be acquired this way.
4. Spectating – Spectating major tournaments gives you the chance to win items that are special to that tournament, including skins and weapon crates (bigger than cases because each one gives a skin to a certain number of random people in a server, when opened).
5. Tournament Betting - For major tournaments, stickers (which can be applied to guns) were made available for each team and player in the tournament. You then use the skins to wager on match outcomes and player results, essentially betting on the winners, with the chance to win more special skins. Successfully picking one of the top 3 teams for the tournament will also land you a pin which is permanently assigned to the CSGO account and can be displayed to other players.
6. 3rd Party Betting – That’s what this lawsuit is about. As you can see, Valve has created a gambling atmosphere with the game and it’s easy for youth, or anyone really, to jump to these sites for similar betting practices.