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Twitch says 'CS:GO' gambling broadcasts are prohibited

Streaming content that breaks a game's terms of service is against the rules
Sean Buckley, @seaniccus
July 14, 2016
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The niche world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skin gambling is starting to crumble. Last week, two YouTube personalities were outed as the owners of CS:GO Lotto, a third-party gambling website that used CS:GO weapon skins as currency for online casino games. Yesterday, Valve announced the service was in violation of its terms and service agreement. Now, Twitch is chiming in, stating that any stream that violates a game's service agreement is prohibited from broadcasting -- specifically calling out gambling businesses that misuse Steam's OpenID API.

Technically, the announcement doesn't change anything on Twitch's end: streams that break third-party terms of service agreements (such as pirated software or showing a game running on an unauthorized, private server) have always been prohibited. Even so, the statement serves as a reminder to broadcasters: if Valve wouldn't be okay with your Stream, Twitch probably isn't either. Added to the fact that the owners of CS:GO Lotto have been added to an ongoing gambling lawsuit against Valve, skin-betting doesn't seem long for this world.

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