Valve removes key trading support from CS:GO

Oct 29 2019 1 min read

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Valve has removed support for trading CS:GO container keys. The developer cited its use by fraudsters as its reason for the change. 

The decision took effect yesterday, but pre-existing keys are unaffected since the change wasn't in effect at the time of purchase. Therefore, those keys are still eligible for sale on the Steam Community Market. 

CS:GO container keys are purchased with real money and used to open the game's version of loot boxes. Valve has realised that it is a convenient way to launder money, hence their decision to prevent such practice. The developer believes that the majority of the keys traded were fraud-sourced. 

For the numerous CS:GO players that buy the keys to use in-game, nothing changes. However, the few that trade keys legally have this option taken away from them. Valve regrets the inconvenience the move may put its customers in, but states, "combating fraud is something we continue to prioritise across Steam and our products." 

Though it hurts those who use the service legitimately, it's good that Valve continues to take matters such as this seriously and is willing to make the tough decisions. 

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