The popular CS:GO skin betting site, CSGORoll, has been banned in Australia by the Australian Media and Communications Authority (AMCA) because it breached the Interactive Gaming Act 2001.
It’s no secret to anyone that the CS:GO community in Australia is not as large as in the rest of the world. However, this could set a precedent for this company, which has undoubtedly generated a lot of controversy in recent weeks, especially after its partnership with G2 Esports was announced.
CSGORoll is banned in Australia
Through an official statement, the AMCA announced that CSGORoll is permanently banned from Australia for offering “prohibited interactive gaming services.”
Media release: Online gaming company Feral Holdings Limited has been given a formal warning and its CS:GO Roll website has been withdrawn from Australia after the company was found to be providing prohibited interactive gambling services.https://t.co/qgIqq3swVI pic.twitter.com/ZzfbrGNDWE
— ACMA (@acmadotgov) May 16, 2023
According to the AMCA, a warning was sent to the CS:GO skins betting company in March, but they ignored it. As a result, they were officially and permanently withdrawn from Australia on May 16.
CSGORoll has not enjoyed the desired popularity following its announcement as an official sponsor of G2 Esports. Furthermore, the company’s description states that it is a “P2P skins marketplace”, but according to the AMCA, it offers some currencies used in casino games.
Considering that the vast majority of the CS:GO community are young people, the AMCA clarifies that there is a lot of fear that players will become gamblers. Therefore, they decided to ban them from the country permanently. In addition, there are many rumors that other EU countries will adopt this measure.
Nerida O’Loughlin, president of the ACMA, said that websites like CSGORoll are “taking advantage of young players.”. But, at the same time, it can be a “return to the past” for all those veteran players who, in one way or another, were immersed in the world of skins bidding in 2016-2017, when the crisis was at its peak.
Valve took radical measures in 2016
As a result of complaints from different governments worldwide, Valve decided to take action in 2016 when they banned sites like CSGOLounge and CSGOFast from using their API for players to log in. As a result, these sites were forced to change their approach, or they would face more stringent legal action.
However, it doesn’t end there; a few days ago, news broke that Valve had changed Steam’s Terms of Service, where players are strongly prohibited from placing bets through Steam.
In addition, other websites dedicated to CS:GO skins betting also pointed out CSGORoll as a betting site conducting illegal operations.
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— Monarch (@CSGOEmpireV2) May 10, 2023
The controversies started because of the video with m0NESY
Undoubtedly, the controversies surrounding CSGORoll started when the agreement with G2 Esports was announced. However, remember that this video stars Ilya “m0NESY” Osipov, who turned 18 on the same day the partnership was published. This means that when the video was recorded, the young Russian AWPer from G2 was 17 years old, which caused a lot of discomfort within the CS:GO community.
This seems to be just the beginning of a wave of bans by different countries regarding CSGORoll. Australia already took the first step, and with the community in complete disagreement with this gambling site, we will likely have more news like this.