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Valve disables Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 item trading for Dutch gamers

The loot box regulation war begins

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Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 09:25 GMT
Valve disables Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 item trading for Dutch gamers
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 09:25 GMT

Valve has announced it has disabled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 item trading and marketplace transfers for Dutch gamers. A warning from the Dutch Games of Chance Administration lead to the decision.


According to a recent announcement, the decision was made because the Dutch Games of Chance Administration considers transferable loot boxes to be violating the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act. The Steam announcement is only visible to Dutch gamers.

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The administration does not consider non-transferable loot boxes to be breaking the law, so Valve has decided to, at least temporarily, disable item trading and marketplace transfers for both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Whether the decision will be rolled back remains to be seen. Valve stated that it is still in contact with the administration to see if it would refine its legal demands to find a solution that is "less inconvenient", but its stance is unlikely to change.
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