Valve reveal reason behind CSGO case key ban on Steam market

Published: 29/Oct/2019 1:39 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 2:31

by Andrew Amos


Valve has made the shock decision to block Counter-Strike: Global Offensive case keys on the Steam Community Market, with the developer cracking down on trading fraud.

Trading in CSGO is a common occurrence. Whether you want to sell your entire inventory for one epic knife skin, or look to trade up slowly, most players have had an interaction with the market.

However, players will now be restricted in what items they can use to get their next best skin. Valve will be blocking keys from trading and the Steam Community Market in an attempt to crack down on fraudulent accounts.

ValveValve is getting down to business with scammers, frauders, and keys.

In a blog post on October 28, Valve announced that they were taking CSGO case keys off the market. It won’t impact any keys currently sitting in player’s inventories, but any future key purchases will be unmarketable and untradeable.

“Starting today, CSGO container keys purchased in-game can no longer leave the purchasing account,” it said. “Pre-existing CSGO container keys are unaffected – those keys can still be sold on the Steam Community Market and traded.”

While Valve recognized that key trading was once used for legitimate purposes, the rise in fraud involving keys has forced them to crack down on how they move between accounts.

“Worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CSGO keys to liquidate their gains,” it said. “At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced.”

Keys were a valuable form of currency to be used in CSGO skin trading. They had a baseline value that could be scaled up, meaning people would often trade keys for skins. 

While this meant that it made for an easy currency to trade off, it could just as easily be exploited by people looking to defraud innocent players. 

The change means that players – legitimate or not – will have to look for alternative in-game items to trade, or resort to risky out-of-client trades. 

“Unfortunately this change will impact some legitimate users, but combating fraud is something we continue to prioritize across Steam and our products,” it said. 

ValveKeys currently sit atop of the Steam Community Market, but soon they’ll vanish completely.

Fraud has been a massive issue in the CSGO trading community, dating back to the start of the Community Market. As Valve looks at finding more permanent ways to catch suspects, the key ban has set the tone for their approach towards the subject.

While the popular currency is now slowly going out of circulation, players should still always be vigilant about trading. 

Be sure to check over the trade before you accept to make sure you haven’t been duped, and be very wary of clicking any links in chat with anyone you trade with, even if you trust them, as your account may get compromised.


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.