Steam updated its terms of service yesterday and for the first time ever listed gambling in it, adding that it is forbidden.
Since yesterday, there has been a great deal of talk about the threat felt by all sites offering various kinds of case openings, trading cosmetic items from CS: GO, etc. All because of the updated regulations.
Valve hasn’t decided anything concrete yet, and this can’t be taken as an official confirmation that third-party sites will disappear, but indeed for the first time in general it has been specified that gambling is banned.
Steam rules change
It is worth mentioning that Valve recently won a case against a site offering skin-based gambling for CS: GO in general. So the case gets very interesting that it is at this point that the rules and regulations are being changed.
It will be very interesting to see whether Valve will actually want to do something about this, or whether this is perhaps about something completely different that people have not yet figured out.
It’s worth mentioning that it’s not just cases and trading that people are concerned about. The selling of Steam accounts also comes into play here and Steam can easily suspend accounts if it detects sales.