Video-games platform denies facilitating illegal gambling

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Designers of video-game platform Steam remain steadfast in face of accusations of facilitating illegal gambling through its brand.

 

[dropcap]V[/dropcap]alve, the games designer behind video-games platform Steam, is facing mounting pressure to crack down on eSports websites who are accessing user accounts on the platform in order to trade digital items from games.

In a cease-and-desist letter sent to the firm last month, Washington State regulators accused Valve of facilitating illegal gambling by allowing third-party sites such as CS:GO Lounge access to accounts and digital items on the platform – a charge that the firm strenuously denies.

If there is a specific criminal statute or regulation you believe Valve is violating, please provide a citation.

 

In a response to the cease-and-desist letter, Valve attorney Liam Lavery wrote: “We do not understand the legal or factual reasoning supporting this position, from the Commission’s letter or from our conversations with the Commission. If there is a specific criminal statute or regulation you believe Valve is violating, please provide a citation.”

The video-games developer has pledged to work with regulators to crack down on third-party gambling sites, but states that the sites are using Steam without its knowledge or consent. It added that it had been active in shutting down any sites being misused, but that it was possible to gamblers to open new accounts after their old ones had been blocked.

“We would be happy to cooperate with the Commission, if it is able to identify more skins gambling sites that are illegal in Washington and the Steam accounts through which they operate,” Lavery said in his letter.


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