On September 30, 2019, Valve made a huge announcement that would affect the case unboxing aspect in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Valve announced that they would be introducing an x-ray scanner for CS: GO players in France.
The reason for this big update was that cases could no longer be purchased in France, due to French regulators coming after Valve because of French gambling laws. Cases can still be sold by players in the Steam Community Market but overall cases cannot be sold by Valve in France.
Instead of not knowing what you will get, valve implemented an x-ray scanner that will scan the case and reveal the items in the case which makes the whole idea of unboxing cases not entirely random anymore.
Here is how the x-ray scanner works:
●The X-ray Scanner allows users to reveal the item inside any container.
●Each user’s x-ray scanner comes preloaded with a one-time exclusive non-tradable item, the P250 | X-Ray.
●Users in France must first claim this item to use the x-ray scanner again.
Valve said in its update note:
“In France, every container must first be placed into the X-ray Scanner to reveal the item inside before purchasing a key. The X-ray Scanner will consume the container and reveal the item inside. To use the X-ray Scanner again, the revealed item must be claimed; it is not possible to scan another Container without claiming the revealed item.”
This update resolves both party's problems and also gives the French CS: GO Community the beloved thrill of case opening that they are accustomed to. Despite the smart change, there are sure to be players that disagree but overall, a tweak in the system is much better than an entire removal.
Valve yet again comes up with one of the smartest counter-measures to save their growing case unboxing “society” in France but it’s still uncertain whether France will consider this new update a worthy pass.
What do you think? Will France agree to Valve’s new changes?