Video game group Valve is the defendant in a new federal lawsuit filed this week by parents of youths who claim their children lost millions of dollars by gambling on "skins" that were built in to various video games.
The lawsuit was filed in Seattle, Washington and includes parents from Missouri, Illinois, and Oregon, and claims that their children participated in gambling using the skins meant for games like Counter Strike. The case isn't the first that Valve has faced, as a similar lawsuit earlier this year was thrown out on the basis of jurisdiction.
e-Skin betting became a major story in online betting this year as it was discovered that people were using the skins as a form of currency to bet on eSports and other online betting through a variety of websites. It is thought that the skin betting may have allowed underage betting to take place, which is illegal throughout the world.
For their part, Valve has said that it does not engage in or promote gambling, and is withholding comment as it doesn't speak about pending litigation. The company has built a name for itself for designing the popular shooter Half Life and Half Life 2, as well as designing the Steam gaming platform that is the most popular PC game delivery method in the world.