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Wartime jargon and tongue-in-cheek Nicolas Cage quotes aside, there are real concerns to consider here. Whilemy research only delved into the world of CS:GO trading, it's obvious that the same sorts of dealings are happening within other Valve games too, such as DOTA 2 and Team Fortress 2. There's a DOTA 2 Lounge, for example, which is even more popular than the CS:GO Lounge.
Opening weapons crates in CS:GO in the hope of receiving a random priceless item is a form of gambling, yet it isn't really treated as such. I've already delved into the sorts of situations that some people can get themselves into when opening these weapons cases (or "crates" as Team Fortress 2 labels them), and many of the people I talked to for this article also displayed these signs, with some admitting to me that they were addicted to gambling their cash away on the game. Hence, it's baffling that this still isn't a hot topic that is discussed more often and openly.
But the betting system that occurs through the CS:GO and DOTA 2 Lounges is perhaps the most outlandish element in all this. If someone has the cash, they can potentially bet thousands of dollars on the outcome of a CS:GO or DOTA 2 match, all completed via Steam's own platform, albeit with what must surely be an illegal botting system.