Skin gambling has been around for a number of years now, but as we saw last year, Valve doesn’t like them. Their crackdown on a number of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling sites last year just confirms that. Now, after Counter-Strike, Valve is planning to descend on Team Fortress 2 gambling sites.
If you’re wondering, Team Fortress 2 gambling isn’t all that different from CS:GO gambling. The processes for the two are quite similar with their being several websites that cater to skin gambling.
However, Team Fortress 2’s website recently released the following post:
“In July of last year we outlined our position on gambling web sites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CSGO gambling accounts. You can view the original post here.
More recently, some gambling web sites started leveraging TF2 items. Today we began the process of blocking TF2 gambling accounts as well. We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.”
Following the ban on CS:GO items many gambling websites switched to TF2 items. This has prompted Valve to turn their attention to TF2, and begin their purge of TF gambling accounts. In their words, “We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.”
In terms of profit, Valve actually comes out on top if they allow the gambling to continue. They get a percentage of all community purchases, and in the case of CS:GO, it’s 15% and not the usual 5% since CS:GO is their own game; the same applies to TF2, Dota 2 and other Valve games as well.
After the crackdown last year, many of the CS:GO gambling sites claimed that the way they operated was legal. They also claimed that they would relaunch after talks with Valve. But it doesn’t look like that’s the case as a simple Google search will show you that none of those CS:GO gambling sites are up yet. Valve takes this seriously, you should too.