How much can you afford to lose?

Elliott Griffiths
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How much have you spent on skins?

Alright, you don’t have to answer that. We know it’s embarrassing. Just answer it internally, and don’t worry, it’s not going to be as much as one guy almost lost.

Unless you said “somewhere around $3m”, in which case, please consider sponsoring us.

We joke, of course, because that’s supposedly the most expensive inventory in the world - and a few days ago it was hacked, transferred and sold around.

Imagine losing $3m worth of skins because of a Steam hack. We break down in tears upon losing 25 ELO, never mind $25. $3m is an amount of money we can’t even fathom.

The weird thing about this is that eventually, Steam realised they’d screwed up. The hackee (the hacked? The victim) hadn’t had his Steam authentication messed with, and he was still able to access the account.

Somehow, somewhere, Steam had messed up.

The problem is, the items had already been sold; so when Steam restored the items, the buyers were out of pocket. Now, you might say “good, they bought stolen items”, and you wouldn’t be completely wrong to do so.

But some of them probably didn’t even know, they just wanted a cool skin. When you spend $30,000 on a skin and Steam take it away, you probably aren’t going to be that happy.

It seems there’s a happy(?) ending to this, though; the site on which they were bought refunded the buyers their cash - leaving marketCSGO out of pocket.

For Steam’s mistake. Unlucky, we guess.

June 23, 2022

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