Valve Software has restricted access from multiple websites using game data to promote gambling in Team Fortress 2.
Last year, the Washington State Gambling Commission announced that Valve may be pursued with legal action if the developer could not prove that it was compliant with state law when it became apparent that players were “skin gambling” in Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Valve’s position was that the company was not at fault, maintaining that its data being available for use to other websites does not implicate it in illegal activity. Now, it seems the company has taken a more direct approach to the issue.
In a statement on the Team Fortress 2 blog, Valve said the following:
“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.
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.”
In July 2016, Valve released a statement regarding the company’s policy on gambling websites using game data in violation of user agreements. In it, a warning was issued to those who may be involved in the practice.
“We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary. Users should probably consider this information as they manage their in-game item inventory and trade activity.”