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Rather than doing away with the loot boxes system, Valve are going with whatever loophole they can it seems. They've updated Counter-Strike: Global Offensive just for French players to include an X-ray Scanner.

It's no secret that many countries are looking into the issues surrounding loot box gambling, something I am happy about because it's a terrible system. Valve also have issues with France, especially considering the recent legal ruling about reselling your digital games.

So what have Valve done? If you play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in France you now have to buy the P250 | X-Ray non-tradable item. After that, you gain access to the crate scanning ability. However, once you scan a crate you're then stuck with that until you buy the item shown, even if you don't want it. On top of that, French players also cannot buy these crates from the Steam Market any more.

Here's a good video that shows it off:

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Honestly, I hope Valve take some lessons being learned with Dota Underlords to apply to their older games like CS:GO. A Battle Pass system is a far nicer way to monetize a free game in my opinion. The most important thing being you know what you're going to get and when, which would make me personally more likely to give over my own monies. However, that would completely mess up their Steam Marketplace which they probably earn a fair bit from which is why they're not doing it. I'm sure there would be ways around it to still make it a thing though, there's a lot of smart people at Valve.

See the release notes here and find CS:GO free on Steam.

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jasonm 3 Oct, 2019
Kimyrielle
jasonmIf you don't want to gamble to get something good just go to the market and buy the item you're after.

You do realize that the overwhelming majority of these lootbox-driven games makes these desirable items available ONLY through gambling, yes?

Yes, I have no problem with gambling. The way I see it is everything Valve sells is completely unneeded to have a full experience in the game. If you want to play your chances to get a skin I have zero issues with that any more than I have zero issues with going to your local convenience store to buy a lottery ticket. If it was required to have a full experience in the game I would feel otherwise.


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Kimyrielle 3 Oct, 2019
jasonm
Kimyrielle
jasonmIf you don't want to gamble to get something good just go to the market and buy the item you're after.

You do realize that the overwhelming majority of these lootbox-driven games makes these desirable items available ONLY through gambling, yes?

Yes, I have no problem with gambling. The way I see it is everything Valve sells is completely unneeded to have a full experience in the game. If you want to play your chances to get a skin I have zero issues with that any more than I have zero issues with going to your local convenience store to buy a lottery ticket. If it was required to have a full experience in the game I would feel otherwise.

I don't have a problem with gambling, either. But any game containing gambling mechanics would need to get an automatic NC17 rating to bring it in line with real-life gambling laws. Also the developers would need to publish the drop lists including the chances for any item to drop, just as casinos are required to tell you your chances to win.

Why people here defend the continued desire of Valve and other developers to lure minors into gambling is beyond me, really. Can't have the cake and eat it. If developers want to cash in on human weakness, they need to accept that the cannot sell such a game to minors, period.
Purple Library Guy 3 Oct, 2019
jasonm
Kimyrielle
jasonmIf you don't want to gamble to get something good just go to the market and buy the item you're after.

You do realize that the overwhelming majority of these lootbox-driven games makes these desirable items available ONLY through gambling, yes?

Yes, I have no problem with gambling.
What, none?
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