Last year CS:GO gambling was the focus of attention and now it’s time for Valve to move onto Team Fortress 2.
Valve has now issued a statement to the Team Fortress 2 community discouraging the practice item gambling. Valve also states that accounts involved in the practice are now being blocked.
“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 CS:GO 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.”
Last July Valve sent 23 cease and desist letters to 23 GS:GO gambling sites. It now looks like they’re taking the same action by clamping down on Team Fortress 2 gambling activity and user accounts.
The gambling scene was also blown wide open when two Youtubers were caught shilling their own CS:GO websites. In September of 2016 there was also the first UK prosecution for videogame gambling which involved CS:GO.
In October last year, Valve denied any illegal gambling activity in response to the Washington State Gambling Commission. The WAGC questioned the legalities of the Steam API and the gambling practice of third-party gambling websites.