Valve banned around 40 commercial CS:GO accounts, completely removing many in-game items totaling over $2 million. As Dexerto reported, last month, gambling site CSGOEmpire shared a document containing a list of CS:GO merchant accounts that potentially laundered millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency through illicit funds via rival website CSGORoll. Currently, almost all listed trading accounts have been banned, which means that players will not be able to purchase many skins totaling more than $2 million in-game. These skins and fashion items will be permanently removed from CS:GO.
The owner of CSGORoll has denied all the accusations in a lengthy post on Twitter: “I own a gambling skin trading platform which by law is not classified as a casino in the United States. Largest market because we do not do it”. They don’t offer cash outs. Contract skin providers are not allowed to play on this platform, so we can legally pay cryptocurrencies to trade on your behalf to ensure we have a liquid market at all times. And we keep our regulations up to date to ensure our site is compliant with the law.”
Valve has not made any official comment on the matter, although it seems clear that the bans and complaints are related. Some players are now selling their in-game assets, obviously a panic reaction to concerns about their accounts being banned.