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Counter Strike: GO Gambling in Jeopardy After Valve Passes New Trading Rules

by William Schwartz

Valve introduces seven day holding period for items

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The latest update for Counter Strike: GO has changed the way that trading works with in-game items.  The new update implements a seven day holding period for all items, and the new rule has got a portion of the community up in arms.

That portion of the community are the ones who partake in the cottage industry of CS:GO skin gambling.  A thing that popped up in the last few years that allows players to take skins earned by playing the game, trading with others, or outright purchasing them and then taking those skins to third party sites to gamble them away on virtual roulette machines.

Many believe that this latest change will negatively impact the market value for skins in Counter Strike: GO and players are flocking to dump their once “valuable” items on the open market.  Regardless, it seems that this measure is one that allows Valve to distance themselves from this seedy aspect of Counter Strike: GO.

What is essentially unregulated gambling, the Counter Strike GO gambling sites that have popped up in recent years have seen their fair share of controversy.  Mostly in part to a scandal that involved high-profile YouTube personalities promoting sites to their viewers.  The most high-profile of which involved two popular YouTube personalities, Tmartn and ProSyndicate.  The two, with multi-million followings on YouTube were found to be promoting a gambling site that they owned with no disclosure to their fans.

Regardless, since the update went live yesterday it’s unclear what impact this will ultimately have on the CS: GO community and gambling sites that surround it.  The Steam Forums for CS:GO are a mixture of things.  Some are trying to offload inventory.  Others are pleading with the community to email valve to try and roll-back the changes.  While others are praising Valve for their efforts.

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