Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Valve Receives A Delay

The changes to the EVE Online EULA banning sites like Eve-Bet and I Want ISK may seem like big news, but the current focus in the greater video game gambling world is on the state of Washington. How does Valve plan to satisfy the Washington State Gambling Commission's order to stop facilitate skins gambling?

The world will have to wait a little longer. The WSGC issued the following statement yesterday:
New Information: October 17, 2016

Washington State Gambling Commission Headquarters, LACEY, Washington – October 17, 2016.

At the close of business on October 14, 2016, a representative of Valve Corporation notified Commission staff that the company is still working on a reply to the Commission’s Letter and a reply will be provided Monday, October 17, 2016.

Director David Trujillo said “I am disappointed that Valve Corporation missed Friday’s deadline, but encouraged that they have committed to responding today. I look forward to reviewing their response in detail.”

The Commission previously told Valve Corporation to stop allowing the transfer of virtual weapons knows as “skins” for gambling activities through the company’s Steam Platform. Valve Corporation had until October 14, 2016 to respond and explain how it is in full compliance with Washington’s gambling laws or risk having the Gambling Commission take additional civil or criminal action against the company.

Commissioner Chris Stearns said “The type of approach Valve decides to take will be very important.”

The Washington State Gambling Commission was created to protect the public by ensuring gambling is legal and honest.
Chances are, whatever comes out of Washington will have a huge impact on how the industry moves going forward, at least in the United States. I'd rather write about that than some of the gambling drama currently swirling around EVE.

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