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OPSkins is an online marketplace for gaming virtual goods. OPSkins was created by Artur Minacov and John Brechisci Jr. in 2015 . OPSkins was primarily a marketplace for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) digital weapon skins.
History[edit | edit source]
OPSkins launched ExpressTrade on June 6, 2018, which allowed for users to trade skins quickly . ExpressTrade served as an instant skin trading option to circumvent the seven day trade cool down in CS:GO.On June 21, 2018,
Valve sent OPSkins a [[cease and desist letter]] to stop using Valve's intellectual property. OPSkins users were advised to withdraw their items from the Steam Community. However, OPSkins users reported a loss of nearly two million dollars when Valve disabled the CS:GO skins. 
After the shut down, Reddit user, W1Z0, created a list called "Interesting Skins lost" that consisted of valuable CS:GO skins that were lost in the Valve shut down. In addition to the documents of skins that were lost, CS:GO communities like Global Offensive Trade subreddit gathered to have Valve change its rule on cosmetic skin trading.
Before the shut-down, on January 29, 2018, one esports player, nicknamed "DRONE" , purchased a rare sniper rifle skin for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on OPSkins for $61,052.63. This was regarded as one of the most expensive CS:GO transaction on public record. The skin was autographed by Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham from the esports organization Cloud9 and the skin itself was named, Dragon Lore. 
OPSkins has since moved away from being a prominent space for CS:GO players and moved onto other projects. In 2017, OPSkins launched Worldwide Asset
eXchange (WAX) which now allow video game and online game players to buy, sell, and trade virtual or physical items.
References[edit | edit source]
- Coutu, Simon (June 30, 2015). "Here's How You Make $12,000 In Profit a Day Selling Virtual Guns". VICE. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Hall, Charlie (March 4, 2019). "Real-world loot boxes are here, and gambling on them is a weird YouTube niche". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Villanueva, Jamie (June 21, 2018). "Valve has finally disabled OPSkins trade bots". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Mitrevski, Lydia (June 9, 2018). "Valve orders OPSkins to cease and desist CS:GO skin trading". Esports Insider. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
- Mitchell, Ferguson (2018-06-22). "Valve Shuts Down OPSkins Bots, Users Lose Skins Valued at Approx. $2M Despite Warning". The Esports Observer. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
- Villanueva, Jamie (June 21, 2018). "Nearly $2 million in skins lost after Valve disabled OPSkins bots". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Grayson, Nathan. "CSGO Skin Traders Dumping Their Inventories After Valve Announces New Rules". Kotaku. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
- Villanueva, Jamie (January 30, 2018). "A Souvenir AWP Dragon Lore skin with a Skadoodle sticker sold for over $61,000". Dot Esports. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
- Rose, Victoria (2018-01-30). "CS:GO fan drops $61K on rifle skin signed by tournament MVP". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
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