For those who follow Strafe’s news section, it’s no secret that Twitch is constantly adjusting its Community Guidelines to make for a safer and viewer-friendly platform. This time, the site has decided to prohibit everything that’s related to CSGO skin gambling and promotion/sponsorships for skin gambling sites. So, how will that affect the market and what can we expect to see? Let’s discuss.
The Counter-Strike scene has one of, if not the most successful skin markets in the digital world, with some skins reaching Millions. Due to that huge search from the users’ side, many trading platforms and skin stores started to evolve.
Nowadays, these stores have a huge impact on the streaming community, as they financially support many of your favorite streamers – and this is where things might go south for some…
According to HOUNGOUNGAGNE, and cited by eSports Insider, 226 out of the top 300 CSGO Streamers have some sort of relationship with skin trading/selling/gambling platforms. This just confirms the theory that Twitch might be pushing many creators out of business with these new guidelines.
As you may already know, this is not the first time that Twitch is fighting against gambling-related streams on its platform. In 2022, the website prohibited the streaming of casino games that were not regulated in the Us – which is basically all of them. The ban included slots, dice games, roulette, and many other unregulated games.
This ban was enough to lure streamers to some other platforms like Rumble, for example. With lighter rules, some streamers were able to get back to their regular content, but with the cost of moving to smaller platforms, meaning smaller audiences as a consequence.
This might sound a bit weird since CSGO skins are notably used for gambling purposes – unlike Valorant, where skins are not sellable – but that’s actually what Valve did in May of 2023. With the development of the CSGO Skin Market to the point we see it now, the pressure on Valve has also gotten bigger, something that would have to be addressed at some point.
So, to get some of the weight off the company’s shoulders, Valve has decided to make Gambling a “Bannable Offence” on Steam. But what exactly does that mean for players? Well, we’re not sure yet. Will it impact gambling sites that use your trade links to receive and send skins leading to a ban on both accounts? We really can’t say, so keep an eye out for that before joining any skin trading platforms.
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