After WSGC (Washington State Gambling Commission) threatened Valve with even bigger sanctions awhile back, all due to illegal skin gambling websites for CS:GO and Dota 2, now the UKGC (United Kingdom Gambling Commission) has its say over the exact same issue. And let's be realistic here, after all that pressure on Valve (you can read more about that HERE), the majority of skin gambling websites did indeed shut down. But, after a certain period of time, a small number of illegal betting websites found their way back and are still doing business to this day.
The United Kingdom isn't the first country which is having major backlashes against illegal skin betting websites. USA, Norway, and Malta have all had similar issues and had to react against such betting operations. But, we have to admit that their efforts to shut down illegal skin betting was not so successful. Their actions usually result in the shutdown of many such websites… but as soon as another loophole is found, an even bigger number of them appears and the story is right back where it was at the start. Here is what UKGS suggested their action should be:
“Adopting a Whac-A-Mole strategy may not be the most effective way of tackling the problem. Our strategy is to attack these businesses from every angle, to isolate and starve them.”
UKGC is right!
If we take into consideration everything that's been stated above, there is no doubt UKGC is correct with their words. Those illegal skin gambling websites are a huge problem for the entire eSports betting industry. By mainly targeting underage players who are not able to bet via legal betting websites, these “parasites” are ruining new generations and skewing their image of responsible betting.
With that said, eSports-betting.pro is in no way supporting such dubious websites. We only support 100% legal esports bookies such as Bet365, BetWay, Pinnacle and so on. These websites are working hard to provide the best possible service to their clients and obey all international gambling laws. So, by gambling on legal websites, you're not only ensuring you'll be paid if you win something, you are also helping out the industry. So, keep that in mind the next time you even think about skin gambling… It's a parasitical idea that needs to be shut down ASAP!
About the Author: Article written by Hipster Jesus, eSports enthusiast and an active member of the CS: GO community. In his free time, he likes to rush B on competitive servers and scream “CYKA BLYAT”.