Valve stops gambling sites using Steam APIs

Game developer Valve announced this week that they are not allowing any gambling sites to offer their services through its Steam platform after they were sued for allowing skins gambling to take place via their platform.

Skins gambling saw players able to purchase and trade skins through a game called Counter Strike Go. Those skins could then be used as a payment token of sorts for online gambling sites run outside of Valve's control, via the use of Valve's programming API. Valve was named as a party in a class action lawsuit, alleging that the company was supporting illegal online gambling activities.

Valve has since said that it will stop online gambling sites from using its API to allow skins to be exchanged for money.

Commenting on the matter Valve's Erik Johnson said, "We'd like to clarify that we have no business relationships with any of these sites. We are going to start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam."

"Using the OpenID API and making the same web calls as Steam users to run a gambling business is not allowed by our API nor our user agreements."

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17 July 2016 - 9:38pm

It's understandable by Valve's side, surely they don't want to be involved in any illegal activity, more so it's not their main business and it sounds like they've been involved in all that through carelessness.