Over the course of a month, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has been hit with arguably the biggest scandal in the game’s history and one which threatens to change the complexion of the professional scene forever.
Dozens of sites that allow Counter-Strike players to gamble with virtual in-game items have exploded in popularity in recent years. They sponsor some of the biggest streamers, players, and even some teams. The market has been largely unregulated because the sites largely exist in a legal gray area.
In just a matter of weeks, a number of these sites have been exposed for what appear to be underhanded and dishonest business practices. Two class action lawsuits have been filed. In the wake of intense public scrutiny, Valve, Counter-Strike’s developer, and Twitch, the most popular game streaming platform, have both responded to try and curb what has been a huge part of the growth of Counter-Strike.
With so many stories and a myriad of characters it can be hard to keep track of the story and how it started.