[toc]The skin betting site CSGOBig announced that it would be shutting down “temporarily” in the wake of an effort by Valve to eliminate sites that allow players to gamble using CS:GO and Dota 2 skins.
The CSGOBig announcement
CSGOBig, which offers a number of casino-style games, made the announcement late on Tuesday night, on the heels of a cease-and-desist letter being issued by Valve to nearly two dozen skin gambling operators:
Here is the full statement from CSGOBig:
We are writing to let everyone know that we have disabled deposits and we will be shutting down temporarily to comply with Valve’s terms of service agreement here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1EkBkEqPo3zbTdjWDJIRlJWbUE
Do not worry, we are only shutting down temporarily and we will definitely be back soon, so stay tuned. We are posting this as a PSA for everyone to be aware that other sites are affected too (please see attachment) and anyone who has items on other sites SHOULD withdraw them if they claim they will continue to operate.
We will keep everyone updated as we go and we are and have always been grateful for all your support. Thank you.
The latest site to shut down
A number of skin betting sites have shut down — either for good or temporarily — in recent days, including CSGODouble and CSGOWild.
Those actions came after Valve indicated it would “start sending notices to these sites requesting they cease operations through Steam, and further pursue the matter as necessary.”
Valve is trying to distance itself from the skin betting industry, which has come under increasing scrutiny for its legality in the U.S. and elsewhere, scrutiny fueled by a number of high-profile scandals and class action lawsuits filed against Valve regarding skin betting.
Just temporarily for CSGOBig?
How — and in what form — CSGOBig would reopen is unclear. But it is not the only site that has taken the tack that a shutdown and a suspension of deposits was not a permanent solution.
CSGOWild had hinted at pivoting to a new type of product without saying exactly what it had planned. It had already left the US market.
CSGOBig just said it would be “back soon,” with no indication of how such a return would be possible, and if its product would be the same.
On its website, CSGOBig says nearly $1 million in skins have been wagered over the past 24 hours.