CS:GO Skin Lawsuit Dismissed Because Parents Didn’t Use Steam

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On January 7, a US federal court dismissed the final lawsuit against Valve regarding the company’s alleged facilitation of what the plaintiffs claimed was illegal gambling on CSGO matches. This was the latest case in a series of lawsuits filed in court by parents whose children had bought CSGO skins in order to bet with them.

Originally reported by pc gamer, the crux of the claim depended on whether the fathers of underage gamers were cheated by Valve. Among other things, the case argued that Valve had violated Washington state law by tricking parents into giving their children money to buy loot boxes, which the parents’ complaint claimed were illegal gambling presented as a video game. . The latest lawsuit was dismissed because the plaintiffs (the parents) never used Steam and therefore even if Valve had posted warnings or information about the nature of the loot boxes, the parents would never have seen it. As a result, the court ruled, they could not claim that Valve had misled them.

not regulated counter strike global offensive gambling on third party sites has existed since at least 2015, and involves millions of dollars. Participants buy skins that they can use to bet on the outcome of matches, and many of them are minors. A previous costume by Michael John McLeod noted that “Valve takes a percentage of the money from every mask sold.” So even if the skins were not traded or sold for gaming purposes, Valve still profited from every sale of a skin that would be used for betting on matches.

However, according to District Judge James L Robart, in this case, “the parents could not prove that Valve had misled them…[They have] never visited a Valve or Steam website, never used Steam, never played CS:GO, and never viewed or read any Valve representations of CS:GO, keys, or weapon cases.”

The lawsuit might have been more viable if the children had been the plaintiffs. However, they were unable to sue because they had agreed to the Steam Subscriber Agreement, which is one of those long legal agreements that most people gloss over and never read. According to the agreement: “You and Valve agree to resolve all disputes and claims between us in individual binding arbitration… You understand that you and Valve are giving up the right to sue in court and to have a trial before a judge or jury”. A complaint was brought to arbitration on the matter, but the arbitrators ruled in favor of Valve, arguing that Valve had not encouraged minors to participate in underage gambling.

Since parents were never directly involved in CSGO or Steam Marketplace, they were unable to prove that they had a business relationship with Valve. You know, despite being the source of the money used to buy CSGO Skins. The case was also affected by the fact that the bets were placed on third-party sites that were not hosted by Valve, although that does not change the fact that Valve profits from the sales of skins used to bet on those sites. .

The case has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning the parents’ lawsuits cannot be tried again in court.

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