The world’s most popular CSGO betting site has officially ceased all operations in the United States. American customers can no longer bet, deposit, or request payouts from CSGO Wild any more. Following the recent events that have transpired over the past two weeks, it is no surprise to see unregulated and underaged betting sites pulling out from locations where gambling is illegal. Here is what you need to know about the CSGO Wild United States ban.
The Ban: CSGO Wild United States
If you try to access your CSGO Wild account from the United States, you will receive the following error message:
“Your region is unsupported for playing coin flip and roulette. We are not allowed to serve the coin flip and roulette gamemodes to users from the country you are connecting from (United States) due to local laws and regulations. The CSGOWild store will allow you to deposit and withdraw all items without any limitations or restrictions on your account.”
While the message does say that users can continue to deposit or withdraw their skins in the banned locations, American customers have reported that this is not the case. The CSGO Wild website is entirely inaccessible from the United States. Here is a screenshot of the prompt:
Online gambling is illegal in the United States outside of the state of Nevada. While CSGO Wild were taking a similar approach as many other non-virtual offshore betting sites were by operating out of a country with legal and regulated Internet gambling, they neglected to follow many fundamental practices. These CSGO betting sites are entirely unregulated. You do not need to provide proof of age when registering an account or placing a bet. Every offshore real-money betting site requires at least two valid forms of identification, along with a bank statement or utility bill. CSGO Wild have made millions of dollars profiting from underaged gambling.
The Future of CSGO Gambling
Following the events that have unfolded over the last two weeks. A competing site (CSGO Diamonds) admitted to providing dice roll results before-hand to a popular live-streamer in order to make it seem like he was winning often. This created fraudulent advertising that lead underaged viewers to believe they too could profit from betting at this website (article here). This week a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit against Valve for profiting off unregulated and underaged gambling (article here). The dominoes are falling one by one, and CSGO betting site owners are smearing makeup on the pig as fast as possible. They are attempting to make it seem like they are playing by rules in order to cover up years of illegal activity. The fact of the matter is that the owners of these sites have made tens of millions of dollars off the hard-earned money of underaged gamers across the world; potentially ruining their lives by setting them on a path of addiction and compulsive gambling. The next few months will be very interesting.