CS: GO Gambling And Betting Streams Banned By Twitch
(Last Updated On: July 14, 2016)

Betting and gambling in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been getting dropped left and right from various outlets, institutions and distribution services faster than Alicia Silverstone’s movie career after Batman & Robin. Twitch has now joined in on the efforts to prohibit streamers from broadcasting betting or gambling on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sites.

Over on the official Twitch website they’ve updated their terms of service and usage agreement in light of Valve officially coming out against illegal and unsanctioned gambling sites for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that use Valve’s OpenID API to integrate Steam accounts into their gambling and betting services.

Valve announced that using the OpenID API for illicit purposes was against their terms of service and that they would be cracking down on these sites.

In light of Valve’s announcement, Twitch wrote…

“[…] per Twitch’s Terms of Service, broadcasters are not permitted to stream content that breaks the terms of service or user agreements of third-parties. As such, content in which the broadcaster uses or promotes services that violate Valve’s stated restrictions is prohibited on Twitch. Our Rules of Conduct lists other examples such as playing pirated games and playing on unauthorized private servers.”

Whether or not you agree with all of Twitch’s decisions, in this particular case they’re clearly coming down against the gambling sites that break Steam’s subscriber agreement and breach Valve’s terms of service for using Steam.

Many of these sites and the promotion of these sites have  been broadcast on YouTube channels that cater towards kids and teenagers playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is illegal across most states in the United States. Many of these sites also operate outside of the United States, but the FTC did mention that they can go after these sites if any citizen within the United States feels as if they’ve been misled or defrauded.

The FTC is currently aware of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling scandal, and various lawyers are attempting to get in on various lawsuits that some individuals are filing against places such as CS: GO Lotto.

(Main image courtesy of Jowdarkangel)


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  • Hawk Hopper

    It’s insane seeing the spread of CSGO gambling getting snuffed out. It really shows how powerful a YouTube channel like H3H3 with a large audience can get info from a smaller channel, Honor the Call, and really reach across the internet and government institutions and lawyers’ offices.

    • Yeah… all it takes is one video to get the snowball rolling. Technically had YouTubers done the same after Internet Aristocrat spread the news about Grayson and Kotaku #GameGate wouldn’t have happened because the YouTubers would have embarrassed the game journos. But instead a bunch of them tucked tail and hid or tried using “well, both sides are bad” argument, which eventually turned into a war of attrition.

      I’m glad in this case a big YouTuber like H3H3 had the balls to the do the right thing and not kowtow to the pressure of the status quo. He did right by the community (and the law) by exposing the gambling rings.

      • DizzyGear

        I never heard of H3H3. Bitscreed vid on the subject brought me up to speed on the whole thing with his unique brand of humor.
        Besides the gambling stuff I found it shocking people are actually wiling to drop hundreds of dollars on a goddamn weapon skin.

        I’m looking forward to see footage of TmarTN court now though. No dog there to score pity points with the judge. lol
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHfqvsg4wck