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Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CSGO)
As we all know Counter-Strike Global Offensive has been the most popular online first-person shooter game, with 25 million copies sold, as of late last year. Counter-Strike Global Offensive has become the cult for the FPS enthusiasts. Due to the Esports development of the game with Major tournaments crossing over $1,500,000.00 prize pools and the favored Professional Players of the game. CSGO has become the most active online game ever made in the history of gaming.
The reason that CSGO is in demand in this era isn’t just because the game has good gameplay, in-fact CSGO has some of the most poorly designed mechanics and physics implemented in the game. The reason that CSGO is so popular is that of the skin trading market, With items reaching thousands of dollars values, for example, a CSGO item known as Dragon Lore which is a skin of the game’s weapon ‘AWP’ was sold at $61,052.63 on January 29th, 2018, making it the most expensive CSGO item sold in the history of CSGO marketplace
The biggest change in the history of CSGO has been deployed by Valve today
I will just cut to the chase and start with the change that will most likely be the biggest news and probably the biggest change for the entire CSGO market and business.
This means that every item or skin you get through a trade will be locked to your Steam account for seven days until you are allowed to trade it again, this will slow down the entire CSGO skin trading market and some people have already started selling their CSGO skins because they believe that the value of all CSGO items will drop drastically. Big Youtubers like Anomaly tweeted that they are cashing out which is almost horrendous to see, as people like Anomaly hold the popular guard of CSGO item trading, unboxing and etc.
If anyone is wondering, yes, I've cashed out all my skins. I believe the price of skins is going to drop heavily since if they keep this update they just removed most of the usabilty and interest of skins.
— Anomaly (@anomalyxd) March 30, 2018
Websites that are driven by CSGO skins and items such as stores, trading bots, and gambling sites will be hit hard by this change. This is huge, but as a side note for the people who are thinking steam is fooling around because steam released this update close to the 1st of April which we call the April’s fools, companies like valve don’t like to fool around so this isn’t a prank.
As expected, people are devasted by this decision by valve and the CSGO subreddit has been flooded with PSA and petition threads. A lot of people have been earning through CSGO items trading, there are sites like OPSkins and CS.money that are big projects and would be hit hard by this decision of Valve, the whole website’s systems will need to be re-coded, it will need new rules for customers and its going to hit the owners pockets hard.
The main reason steam deployed this rule
Valve’s Statement: “Over time, third-parties have developed services that use automated Steam accounts to mimic players and make use of Steam’s trading functionality. Unfortunately, some of these third-party services have become a vector for fraud or scams. Unlike players, these services rely on the ability to trade each item very frequently. In contrast, a given item moves between actual players no more than once a week in the vast majority of cases.”
Now, we can’t go wrong with valve’s statement, Scamming and fraud has been so common in the business of Counter-Strike Global Offensive items trading that legit trades have lost thousands of worth of skins due to sophisticated scamming methods implemented by intelligent hackers and scammers. The rule is valid when we take a look at it in the aspect of getting scammed. The people who will get most affected by this rule are gamblers of CSGO items and gambling site owners.
The last light down the hill
Steam mentioned in the patch release notes “However, we realize today’s change may also be disruptive to some players. We’ll continue to evaluate trading policies as time goes on, and if you have any feedback or concerns about the change you can email us at CSGOTeamFeedback [at] valvesoftware.com.”
Looking at this statement from Valve, we might be able to get this rule reverted back with the power of the community, as valve said they have room for some feedback from the public. Although valve has never changed their decisions ever, still there’s a slight chance this time they might revert their decision.