Valve faced multiple lawsuits between 2010 and 2016, now the last of them has ended.
Valve was not only sued by players who believed their bans were unfair. In 2016, the parents gathered and concluded that the company brokered gambling with virtual items. Of course, the case is strictly related to skins.
Parents discovered that their children had secretly stolen money from them to trade in CS: GO as well as on external sites. The lawsuit shows that Valve has been accused of facilitating gambling.
The case dragged on from 2016
For 6 years, there was a complicated process in which Valve had to prove that it had nothing to do with external services. The parents were of a different opinion.
Finally, the court dismissed all the charges. There was no evidence that Valve benefited from gambling in any way. Additionally, the plaintiffs never used Steam itself.
In theory, everything seems simple here – the sites did not belong to Valve, the studio did not take any money from it, and often struggled to limit the activities of these sites..
Still, it is worth remembering that we are talking about 2016, when roulette and all “scam” sites were incredibly popular, and often one could get the impression that the entire skin market was the factor that kept CS: GO alive.