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Transgender gamers face crass rejection by CS:GO tournament organizers [Updated]

This article has been updated as apparently it was all part of an elaborate, horrific, and completely unfunny fraud/hoax perpetrated on the e-sports and trans communities. Details follow at the end.

Think politics and science aren’t intertwined with gaming? Tell that to Italian e-sports gamer Sly Buehl Rigilio, whose team’s application to the ESL’s CS:GO 5on5 Female Open Summer 2017 in Munich was effectively rejected because she and her teammates couldn’t prove they were transgender.

“No males are allowed,” Munich Finest Gaming told Rigilio in a curt rejection email obtained by BuzzFeed. “Please take care fake your gender can be penalized.” Reportedly, in a follow-up exchange the organization demanded passports to prove the players are female, which ESL claims is in accordance with German law and the tournament’s rules.

“I know some of the girls in the group have yet to go through the trouble of getting their info changed on [their passports], so we are out of luck,” Rigilio told BuzzFeed.

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The MOP Up: SMITE’s console mea culpa (May 7, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Skyforge, EVE Online, IngressWar ThunderWorld of TanksWakfuLeague of LegendsSMITEGTA OnlineElsword OnlineWurm OnlineDarkfall: Rise of AgonWorlds AdriftCounter-Strike, SEAL Online, and Warspear Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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Superdata report shows Overwatch slipping, Hearthstone rebounding

Looking back at March’s digital sales, the industry was up 15% year-over-year from 2016, Superdata Research reports. Mobile was the largest area of growth, while PC revenues remained “relatively flat.”

The report noted that Blizzard is having a mixed spring. Overwatch was overtaken (see what we did there?) by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time since its launch, while HearthStone rebounded from February by doubling its sales.

As to MMOs specifically, World of Warcraft, Dungeon Fighter Online, and Lineage I were joined by Chinese title New Westward Journey Online II in the top 10 of PC sales. Destiny continues to hang out on the console top 10, while Lineage 2 Revolution joined the rankings in the mobile category.

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The MOP Up: Overwatch gives smurfing a pass (April 16, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Heroes EvolvedDungeon Fighter 2Splatoon 2OverwatchHeroes and GeneralsAionNeverwinterElswordGuild Wars 2CS:GO, and MU Online, all waiting for you after the break!

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The MOP Up: A marriage forged in hell (January 8, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week, we read the heartwarming story of a couple that found love in Diablo III, of all places. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Black DesertLord of the Rings OnlinePath of Exile, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Valve ordered to ‘stop facilitating gambling’ by regulatory body; CS:GO gambling class action dismissed

The Washington State Gambling Commission is cracking down on CS:GO skin gambling and ordering Valve to “stop facilitating gambling” and “immediately stop allowing the transfer of virtual weapons known as ‘skins’ for gambling activities through” Steam, according to a press release issued by the state regulation body this week.

WSGC implies that it’s been studying the issue since last February and has concluded that CS:GO skins are indeed being used “as consideration for illegal gambling activities” through Steam. It cites a report estimating $1B in gambling revenue for one site, CSGOLotto, in 2016 alone.

“The Gambling Commission expects Valve to take whatever actions are necessary to stop third party websites from using ‘skins’ for gambling through its Steam Platform system, including preventing these sites from using their accounts and ‘bots’ to facilitate gambling transactions. Valve Corporation has until October 14, 2016 to respond and explain how it is in full compliance with Washington’s gambling laws or it will risk having the Gambling Commission take additional civil or criminal action against the company.”

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UK courts prosecute first-ever case involving online video game gambling

A British court case have arisen recently concerning gambling and online gaming that could set precedents for such future activities.

In the UK, two men have been charged under the Gambling Act with the country’s first-ever prosecution concerning video game betting. Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas are being tried with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling in an online FIFA title using in-game coins.

A separate charge against Douglas, the YouTube star operating under the name of NepentheZ, accuses him of inviting children to gamble as he did not post a warning that the better was for people ages 18 and older. The court case is expected to reconvene on October 14th.

This follows a summer when increased legal scrutiny and public pressure has been applied to sites and individuals that allegedly have been running gambling rings with online games such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Source: VG247, BBC. Thanks Gibbins, BrotherMaynard!

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The MOP Up: Batman invites you to his gala (September 18, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Bruce Wayne (AKA Batman) threw a special gala in DC Universe Online. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from DestinyMarvel HeroesElder Scrolls Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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The Daily Grind: Should MMORPG lockbox mechanics be regulated as gambling?

A reader named Paul recently wrote to us wondering why RNG lockboxes aren’t considered gambling. Oh sure, we call them gambleboxes, but the government — at least here in the U.S. — doesn’t.

But should it? When we talked about this topic a year ago, we discussed that game studios aren’t required to disclose the odds of winning anything from lockboxes. What protects them is the fact that your money has been turned into virtual currency that you spend on virtual lottery tickets for which you do get at least a reward equivalent of a pile of pocket fluff (which is why the CS:GO crackdown happened and MMO studios go right on adding more lockboxes). What protects you is… welp, just willpower.

I would love to hear our community’s thoughts on this. Are we just exaggerating and grousing when we call lockboxes gambling, or is this a legitimate issue for the online gaming industry? Should MMORPG lockbox mechanics be regulated as gambling?

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The MOP Up: Planet of Heroes comes into orbit (July 24, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week Planet of Heroes leaped onto the scene with promising mobile MOBA. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from OverwatchNo Man’s SkyElder Scrolls OnlineFinal Fantasy XI, TERAShards Online, Aion, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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Steam temporarily blacklists Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling site

A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling site was the center of a controversy this past weekend when Steam temporarily blacklisted the link on its platform.

CSGO Lotto, a site where players gamble for expensive in-game skins using real money, has come under fire for accusations of misleading visitors. The controversy came about when it was revealed that two popular YouTubers have been promoting the site on their channels without disclosing that they actually own the business as well.

The blacklist happened when a team of volunteer moderators, tasked with evaluating the safety of such gambling sites, decided to warn players away from clicking on the link to CSGO Lotto from Steam. The original warning notice, which has since been removed, stated, “The URL you are attempting to log in to has been blocked by our moderators and staff. This site may be engaged in phishing, scamming, spamming, or delivering malware.”

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Valve sued for enabling e-sports gambling with skins

According to report at Polygon this week, Valve is being sued by a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player for allegedly knowingly allowing and sponsoring illegal gambling thanks apparently to Steam’s OpenID api, which allows players to log into gambling websites with their Steam accounts. Participants, including underage gamers, are then able to place illegal bets on professional CS:GO e-sports events, using CS:GO skins as currency and collateral, which leads to direct profit for Valve.

In his suit, plaintiff Michael John McLeod alleges that he was one such gambler, having lost money gambling his skins as both an adult and a minor. As his suit claims,

“Valve owns the league, sells the casino chips, and receives a piece of the casino’s income stream through foreign websites in order to maintain the charade that Valve is not promoting and profiting from online gambling, like a modern-day Captain Renault from Casablanca. That most of the people in the CS:GO gambling economy are teenagers and under 21 makes Valve’s and the other Defendants’ actions even more unconscionable.”

One of the gambling websites, CSGO Lounge, was profiled by a Bloomberg article this past spring.

Source: Scribd via Polygon

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Valve pours millions of dollars into Counter-Strike e-sports

There’s no doubt that e-sports are starting to get very big, with many of the top tournaments now supporting prize pools in the range of millions of dollars. Valve currently holds the record for the highest-value e-sports tournament with a total of over $18 million US distributed among the winners of The International 5, last year’s Dota 2 world championship. Now it seems that Valve has turned some of that attention toward Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, as the company is promising to invest several million dollars into this year’s competitive scene.

The CS:GO Major Championship series of tournaments started in 2013 with each event’s prize pool capped at $250,000. Starting with the MLG Columbus 2016 tournament next month, those prizes have now been increased to $1,000,000 per tournament. The tournaments already had impressive twitch viewership ticket sales in previous years, and CS:GO is currently the second most played game on Steam with over 600,000 peak concurrent players each day. This investment in the competitive scene should go a long way toward re-establishing Counter-Strike in a competitive gaming scene that has been dwarfed by MOBAs in recent years.

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