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PUBG Skin Traders Lose an Estimated $1 Million Worth of Items on OPSkins

Published: 27/Jun/2018 16:30 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson

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PUBG players who had skins stored in trading website ‘OPSkins’ have reportedly lost a total of $1 million in value, after the website was targeted by Valve to crackdown on CS:GO trading.

PUBG Corp. actually disabled item trading on Steam, to prevent the growth of skin gambling websites which have caused controversy particularly with titles such as CS:GO.

While this prevented the skin trading websites from profiting from PUBG skins, players’ items were still secure and so their money had not gone to waste.

However, when Valve recently targeted OPSkins to essentially shutdown CS:GO trading, but also affected some inventories with PUBG items too.

While CS:GO skin traders were given a grace period to withdraw all their items, PUBG players were unable to do so because of the earlier restrictions imposed by PUBG Corp.

Despite requests to have the restriction temporarily disabled to allow players to withdraw their items, PUBG Corp. upheld the rules, meaning the items were permanently lost as part of Valve’s crackdown.

Reddit user u/IAmNotOnRedditAtWork explained the timeline and calculated the total loss at $1,018,456.58, the full details can be read below.

Timeline

  • On May 3rd, PUBG Corp “temporarily” disables trading on all PUBG items without warning, trapping 964,243 skins in OPSkin’s bot inventories.
  • On June 9th, Valve announces they will be banning all OPSkins trade bots by June 21st.
  • Later on June 9th, OPSkins releases an official response to the incoming bans, urging users to withdraw all of their skins before the June 21st deadline given by valve.
  • PUBG Corp has between June 9th and June 21st to lift the trading restrictions on their items to give their users the option to withdraw their skins before the bans went in place, but choose not to.
  • On June 21st, as expected, Valve applied trade-bans to all 2,880 of OPSkins’ trade bots.
     
    I was curious just how many skins were lost due to this situation, so I wrote a program to pull the full list of OPSkins trade bot’s inventory URLs from their steam group (here), and then use Steam’s Web API to pull the exact inventories of each of these bots, and add up the quantities of each item. From there I took the lowest current sale price listings for each item (which have actually dropped significantly since the bans on June 21st) and calculated the total value of each item stuck in the inventories of these now banned bots.
     
    Here is the full list of items that have now been effectively deleted from the game.

964,243 PUBG Skins with a total value of ~$1,018,486.58 have been permanently removed from the game due to PUBG Corps’ inaction. from r/PUBATTLEGROUNDS

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Tommyinnit reveals he used to stream snipe Shroud before he was famous

Published: 20/Jan/2021 11:22 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 11:27

by Calum Patterson

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Tommyinnit might be the most popular streamer on Twitch right now, averaging over 200,000 concurrent viewers for his sporadic Minecraft streams, but it turns out he used to be a massive shroud fanboy. In fact, he was one of shroud’s infamous stream snipers.

Stream sniping is the practice of using a streamer’s broadcast to gain information about the game they are playing – either to get an unfair advantage, or simply to join their game and troll them.

During the height of PUBG’s popularity in 2017, shroud was the biggest streamer on Twitch, and had an army of loyal stream snipers who would try endlessly to get into his matches.

Shroud’s stream snipers weren’t like others though – instead of trying to kill him, they would sing him songs, give him weapons and armor, or try to save his life when under attack.

Tommyinnit stream sniping shroud
Twitch: Shroud
Tommyinnit would get into shroud’s game’s to troll.

Tommyinnit admits shroud stream sniping

Although it’s against the rules of most games and of Twitch itself, Tommyinnit has admitted that when he was 14, back in 2017, he loved both PUBG and shroud, and would spend hours up late trying to get into his games.

And he was successful too – often matching up with him, and trying to save his life from actual enemies attacking him. Shroud eventually became familiar with Tommy’s name, and would say hello to him. In a video on his second channel, Tommyoutit, came clean about all of his stream sniping antics.

In one session, shroud even talked to Tommy about playing Minecraft, the game that he’s so well-known for now.

But, it turns out that Tommyinnit made this video because it wasn’t just years ago in PUBG that he was stream sniping shroud. When he recently saw shroud on a Minecraft server with proximity chat, he had to try it again for old times sake.

Unfortunately, shroud didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all this time around, and soon after left the server – though not before killing Tommyinnit’s character, twice.

Although stream sniping is technically against the rules on Twitch, we’re sure the platform will let this one slide, as it was all in good fun. The real question is whether shroud has made the connection that one of his old stream snipers is now one of the biggest names on Twitch alongside him.