Australian Senator wants to label Counter Strike Global Offensive as a form of Gambling.
CS:GO receives more heat once again as an Australian politician proposes a bill that puts a “Gambling” label to the game.
As Valve fights its battle towards cleaning up the messy world of in-game cosmetic gambling for their gaming titles, both Counter Strike Global Offensive and Dota 2, Australian Independent Senator Nick Xenophon announced that he is currently planning to introduce a new bill that will label CS:GO as a form of Gambling in the land down under.
Set to be passed once the parliament resumes next month, the bill, if passed and becomes law, will make it illegal for companies such as Valve to solicit payments for items such as in-game cosmetics, with random or differing value, and may resort to putting age requirements for video games that exhibit a digital economy similar to games like CS:GO and even put precautionary signs to warn people of a game’s possible gambling content.
Just a few days back, Valve has issued a Cease and Desist notice to several prolific item gambling websites and platforms for CS:GO and Dota 2, giving them a 10-day warning to shut down operations before pursuing further action such as shutting down their accounts, or even going legal. This was after a scandal involving several Gaming personalities and content creators who failed to disclose their direct involvement towards item betting sites and accusations of spreading misleading, if not, rigged information regarding their item bet winnings.