Underage Gambling in CS:GO

Underage gambling in CS:GO is on the rise, and there isn't anything being done as of now to put a stop to it. Children watching their favourite...
  1. Crooks

    Counter Strike: Global Offensive
    has soared to new heights these past few months, luring in tons of new players daily and keeping current players entertained. One of the biggest factors that keeps everyone entertained is the gambling factor that can be associated with the in game weapon finishes, or skins.

    Everything seems like fun and games right? I mean, these are just digital items that have no real value, but that's where you're wrong. Skins in CS:GO can easily be pawned off for PayPal cash or other forms of currency, which is alright if you play within your limits. Time and time again I have seen Twitch Streamers or YouTubers lose thousands of dollars in skins and surprisingly enough, they think nothing of it. This is because they are grown adults with reliable income, but that cannot be said about younger children who play CS:GO.

    A little while back, I was on a random CS:GO server just minding my own business. I had the pleasure of listening in on a young teenager, no more than 13 or 14 years old, talking about how he had already lost around $200 worth of skins in the past month. That got me thinking, regular gambling attractions require the patron to be of a certain age to gamble, but how would one enforce this in a game such as Counter Strike?

    If I wanted to, I could list off a dozen websites that allow users to deposit CS:GO skins, convert those skins into a currency value on that site and then use said currency to play various gambling games such as blackjack, or even something as simple as a coin flip, all in hopes of winning the jackpot. See, gambling on one of the many third party CS:GO gambling sites is no different from regular gambling. Players will still become addicted, and there isn't any good way to iron out whether it's a competent adult playing or if it's a child.

    Children mimicking their favourite Twitch Streamers could be one of the roots of the problem, as there is surprisingly a large market for CS:GO gambling on Twitch. A small survey was conducted on Reddit where users who had gambled underage were asked to share just how much they had lost. Obviously the results aren't concrete, but this is definitely a good guide to show us just what the underage gambling community in CS:GO is like.

    Having children around a gambling scene that is so easily accessible is a very bad idea as the results have shown. A child only needs a skin worth a few bucks to get started, and we all know that once you've started and have become addicted, it's very hard to quit. What should Valve, or any of the other third party companies do to combat the rise of underage gambling in CS:GO? It's far too accessible and the end results are devastating. What do you think? What guidelines should be in place to prevent children from blowing hundreds in online gambling? Leave your thoughts below!

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  1. televisedfool
    Just one more case.. This will be the one. :dead:
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  2. Zelk
    Game's rated M... If you're old enough to buy the game on your own you're old enough to gamble. The real problem is that the parents don't care.
  3. II{-_-}II
    So I'm assuming you can purchase skins or other cosmetic items with real money and then these items can be gambled with and possibly sold afterwards if you do win? I guess it brings up legal or ethical concerns in places like the US, but this is hardly "devastating". Most online gambling has been banned in the US, but there are still easily accessible online poker sites, other gambling sites, fantasy sites etc which can be used by people of any age. Much easier to quickly win or lose large sums of money on an actual gambling site if someone is truly addicted to gambling. I have to say this is much different than actual gambling, contrary to your article. If someone wants to try and make money off a useless cosmetic item they earned in a game, good for them. If they want to actually gamble, find a better alternative...
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    2. Crooks
      Nope, the site just sends you the skins in a steam trade and from there you could just cash then out for PayPal money or sell them on the steam market for steam money.
    3. II{-_-}II
      Yeah and to get paid out by PayPal you will need some form of verification. The point is this isn't really a serious or reliable way to gamble. Definitely an issue which should be addressed, but you really exaggerated it in your article.
    4. Crooks
      It's pretty serious when someone who's underage blows $500 worth of skins copying someone else
  4. Kobe
    Not very true. I've been gambling on FanDuel and I don't have an addiction. I have not put any money in in over a year. I started with 20 dollars and have grown it into 6k
  5. Pyroman
    I read an article earlier about underage gambling in my state(Virginia) and a bill was proposed to ban gambling sites as a whole here. Idk how they would do that but it's getting some attention.
  6. denz
    Kids see their favourite sick 'strimmers' m00000e/phantomlord/nearly every other csgo streamer gamble away fat stacks and they want to be like their idols.

    Then they cry for losing which is top kek.
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  7. XeClutch
    I've always thought that if it's the kids money, it's their business. Being in the market can teach some very useful life skills. If they lose it all, they'll either decide that gambling isn't for them or they will adapt and get smarter about it. If they win, they'll either get cocky and eventually lose it all (which will knock down their ego and teach them a lesson) or they will continue making money. In order to win, you have to lose at least once. You have to know what it's like to lose. You have to understand the feeling of financial loss and that will motivate you to do better with everything.

    As long as they're not using their parents' money it really shouldn't be a big deal.
    1. denz
      Lets take an educated guesstimate what % of a kid's (let's say 16 and under ) money gambled is their parent's.
    2. Crooks
      A small Reddit sample https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Sk2P90AV8qqHP8yozNhRKvuHP_D90yLz6vJ5raDcQPU/edit?pli=1#gid=805410037
    3. XeClutch
      I see. Seems like it is being ruined for those who are being responsible about it.
  8. (-_-)
    Wow, I actually wrote a 2 page essay on this topic. Online gambling in general has made it very easy for children to participate...
  9. ZacOnCrac
    My friend paid off half of his Schoolies fees with the winnings of 'CSGO Double'.

    Then lost $400.
    In the same day.
    At school.
    Man this is becoming a problem.
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  10. JoinTheResistance
    I don't know about you, but when I first found out about CS:GO skins, I really wasn't sure what it was about. I mean, I was watching people b**** cuz they paid 100$+ for a factory new skin, but got scammed and received a field tested one that's worth 1/3 of what they paid. At first, I thought "wow, that's a big difference, but at least it's some sort of virtual money, right?" NOPE! There are people spending 100$+ on FCKING SKINS! Like WTF is wrong with you people??
    And then there's gambling... Instead of throwing your money out of the window, go buy a game that's going to give you 30+ hours of entertainment, with the 100, 200 or even 500$ that you're planning on wasting on skins! Plus, can't you like download the skins online and install them locally? I know only you would see them, but so what?
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    2. Neokilla
      JoinTheResistance actually skin makers recieve about $40,000 on average per skin that has made it into the game
    3. JoinTheResistance
      Wow! That's a lot! I think I'm going to start making skins for csgo now :tongue:
    4. Neokilla
      Good luck