$2 million worth of CS:GO weapon skins have been lost after Valve shuts down OPSkins trade bots
- OPSkins trade bots were seen to be violating the Steam Subscriber Agreement
- The shut down bots have an estimate $2 million worth of items left behind
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Cosmetic items are keeping the video game industry ticking at the moment, with millions being spent on making characters and weaponry look better in game.
It has been lucrative not only for the game developers, but also for traders, who buy low, sell high, and take cuts for a profit.
Valve has shut down the trading bots for one such company, OPSkins, after claiming it was using its intellectual property and violating the Steam Subscriber Agreement.
A skin like Electric Hive for the AWP will fetch a pretty penny, but one has been lost today
A new service from OPSkins was also violating the seven day ownership period it usually takes for a user to be able to sell an item.
A secondary effect of the bots being shut down is that all of the cosmetics they were holding in their inventory for sale have been lost to the ether. Users would normally purchase an item via the website, and then trade the item from one of the many bot accounts on Steam.
The Steam accounts used are no longer able to trade however, making for some very interesting viewing.
One Reddit user estimates 2843 bots have been shut down, which were holding a combined total of over 1.5 million skins, worth around $2 million, in their inventories.
A lot of weapon skins are very common and not worth a lot, but prices can spiral wildly out of control for the rarer items. According to this spreadsheet which is compiling all the data, one bot has lost 685 items, totaling over $21,000.
A number of individual skins worth over $500 each have been lost too.
Incidentally, some of these cosmetics may now become even more expensive due to their increased rarity.
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