Valve Uses Arbitration Wins To Beat Teenage Gambling Suit

Law360 (March 26, 2019, 11:30 PM EDT) -- Video game company Valve Corp. capitalized on arbitration wins earlier this year to escape a suit by a proposed class of teenagers and their parents claiming the company facilitated underage gambling with its popular "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" game, according to filings made Tuesday in Washington federal court.

Valve had gotten successful outcomes in two separate arbitration proceedings late last year, which found the gamers hadn't adequately proven that the company ran a sales platform that gave Counter-Strike players access to gambling sites, allowing minors to bet virtual goods known as "skins" that they bought with real money.

The Bellevue-based video game...

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