Riot Games revealed the drop rates for League of Legends’ loot crates yesterday, offering transparency for a system that until now has been opaque. This comes during a time when loot boxes have triggered a great deal of outrage among players, pundits, and even politicians.
Last year, Valve issued 23 stern cease and desist letters to sites that ran Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling sites. A year later, not only are a handful of sites still taking bets for CS:GO skin roulettes, but the market has spread into great, wide world of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds skins. Since the…
Gambling for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins is so 2016. Now, there’s a burgeoning new industry giving them out to players for free. Well: “free.”
Trevor “TMartn” Martin, best known for violating FTC regulations by aggressively promoting a Counter-Strike skin gambling site that he didn’t say he owned, has returned to the spotlight alongside today’s release of Call of Duty: WWII—helping publisher Activision market the new game and raise money for veterans.
The influx of randomized loot boxes into games like Shadow of War and Star Wars Battlefront II has kicked off a discussion about their inclusion in games. Discussions of multiplayer imbalance and blocked off game content ignore an important truth: loot boxes are an ethical problem. They exist largely to exploit…
Have you ever played Pac-Man for an ungodly amount of time, and thought to yourself, “This would be even better if my savings were on the line”? First of all, are you OK? And second of all, the gambling industry is about to grant your wish.
The common assumption is that “Nintendo” (任天堂) means “leave luck to heaven” or even “to leave one’s fortune in the hands of fate.” Those assumptions, however, could be wrong.
Gambling on esports matches is, right now, unsafe and unfair for bettors, just as gambling on traditional sports is. As you’d expect, people are still doing it anyway; and as you’d expect, laws and regulations have struggled to keep up.
Esports was rocked earlier this week when Ad Finem’s team analyst Allen Cook sent out a casual tweet saying that he’d placed bets on the outcome of the Boston Major Dota 2 tournament. Specifically, Cook bet on both his own team and another team, OG, implying a belief on his part that AF and OG were highly likely to…
Last year, Valve started dropping a hammer on gambling sites selling Counter-Strike items. This week, the same process has begun for Team Fortress 2.
NepentheZ is a popular YouTuber known for his FIFA videos featuring things like “#Top20 Fastest Players in #FIFA #17" and “FUTGALAXY - FIFA BETS, FIFA PACKS & FIFA 16 COINS!” where he does breakdowns of player abilities, stat comparisons, and also promotes gambling sites.
CSGO Lounge, the top Counter-Strike skin betting site, has announced that they plan to comply with Valve’s CSGO gambling cease-and-desist letter by obtaining an actual gambling license. Problem: that’s not the reason Valve sent the letter in the first place.
Counter-Strike gambling sites may not be long for this world, as Valve has sent a letter demanding they change practices in the next 10 days or the company will “pursue all available remedies including without limitation terminating your accounts.”
It’s a shame they’re in this and not, you know, a video game.
During last week’s big Counter-Strike gambling scandal (and really just in general, where gambling is concerned), Valve remained conspicuously silent. Now, though, they’ve said they’re gonna start telling gambling sites to cease operations entirely.
The past week has seen the world of online games rocked by a major gambling scandal. Two YouTubers with millions of subscribers, Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell, were revealed to be owners of a site they repeatedly promoted sans overt disclosure. The potential ramifications are not pretty.
In the wake of a scandal where it came to light that two prominent YouTubers, Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell, promoted a Counter-Strike gambling site they founded and owned sans overt disclosure, the two have been sued.