CS: GO Penalized for Illegal Operations in Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has banned CS: GO skins trading and gambling platform CS: GO Roll from operating in Australia after it found the latter to be in breach of its gambling laws.
According to the ACMA, its investigation into CS: GO Roll revealed that the platform was “providing casino-style online games, which are illegal under the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 if the games are played for money or anything else of value.”
The authority claimed that CS: GO Roll “allowed users to deposit ‘skins’ from popular video game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in exchange for in-game coins that could be used to gamble on casino-style games.”
The website then pays out winnings through skins, which their beneficiaries can convert into real money using third-party platforms.
The ACMA noted that it had already issued a formal warning to Federal Holdings Ltd., the parent company of CS: GO Roll, to withdraw the site from Australia.
CS: Go Roll had been a subject of criticism in the past after it was accused by another gambling site CS: GO Empire, of running an “illegal operation” and using “predatory business practices.”
Skins gambling services are particularly concerning as they tap into a youth market and have the potential to convert gamers into gamblers.