Counter Strike: Global Offensive has taken itself right into the courts of several countries now including Australia. The game hit the radar when in 2015 up to 1.3 billion dollars was wagered through a main CS:GO Exchange website. Sites run by Valve Media will be facing scrutiny under the Australian courts with a new bill being presented that would label them as part of the Interactive Gambling Act.
“This is the Wild West of online gambling that is actually targeting kids” – Nick Xenophon
The future of the value and exchange of skins is uncertain thanks to the complaints from parents.
“Instead of shooting avatars, parents soon find out that [their children] have shot huge holes through their bank accounts.” – Nick Xenophon
More will be revealed to the depth and regulation that may need to be placed on these games, the websites and competitions. For now, the market still seems to be running untouched.