An indigenous American nation has filed a lawsuit against Valve, accusing the developer of having “facilitated illegal, unregulated and unlicensed online gambling […] in numerous ways.” The suit (via Geekwire) was initially filed last week.
The suit comes from the Quinault Nation, a federally-recognised tribe located in Washington state, which owns and operates the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. Their accusations are based around Valve’s provision of digital keys and their interaction with CS:GO weapon skins. The Quinault claim “the only purpose of [the weapon skins] was to allow users to engage in gambling through opening crates to win virtual items that were worth much more than the value of the token, or to win virtual items with virtually no value.”
The suit claims that “the look, feel, sound and experience was basically an online slot machine.” It also claims that despite Valve allowing and even assisting third-party sites, “neither Valve nor internet gambling sites using Valve’s virtual items” operate under gambling laws that the Quinault nation is forced to abide by as a licensed operator working in Washington.