When it comes to online betting it doesn’t get much shadier than betting on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Over the last couple of years, the rapidly increasing popularity of this game as a spectator e-sport has driven a parallel rise in betting activity around the game.
At first this betting activity mostly focused on betting on the outcome of matches, using cash or skins from the game. However, it quickly turned into a free-for-all.
CSGO matches stopped being the only focus of betting activities, and spectators and CSGO players started playing games of chance, using skins as a virtual currency.
The issue with all of this is that it's been happening under the noses of authorities in countries where online gambling is either highly regulated or downright illegal.
And, of course, a lot of this activity involves young CSGO players who’re prohibited from gambling, even in countries where online gambling is permitted.
Throw in the shady, unregulated betting operators that have popped up to profit from a betting industry that is estimated to be worth eight figures, which can be shut down overnight by authorities, and you’re faced with online betting anarchy.
So where should you bet?
The good news is that not all CSGO betting is going to put you at the mercy of unregulated operators, or at risk of seeing your skins or money go up in smoke when they get shut down.
Some of the most trusted betting operators offer their users the option to return to the roots of CSGO betting, and place bets on CSGO matches.
These include premium betting operators like: