Dollars, Bitcoins, Skins..?
Have you heard about the video game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Created in 2012 this awesome game from Valve is still rocking the eSports community. Don't know what it is? Here's a quick summary - two teams fight each other with different kinds of weapons to win. One of them is counter-terrorist forces another - terrorists. There are several scenarios like bomb planting, hostage evacuation or just plane fight till death. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is extraordinary due to its simple graphics and extreme popularity among users. But what's even more remarkable is that there's a whole other world of customized weapon designs for this game. Those designs are called "skins" and their price varies from couple cents to tens of thousands of dollars. The skins are acquired by players in the game itself. Mostly it depends on pure luck, but sometimes if you play for many hours, you also get a few. The weird thing is that they don't enhance the parameters of the weapon in any way.
Selling CS:GO skins
You can sell those skins on Valve's platform called Steam and receive digital money which can only be spent on games. This limitation has created a whole new industry where people sell skins for real money. Services outside of Steam like offer dollars, bitcoins, euros for in-game items. Moreover, you will receive the money in mere minutes via the payment method of your choice. Similar services keep appearing and spreading. There are other places where you can use skins - online casinos, tech giveaways and more. So far it's hard to say how this will influence the Internet. But the demand for this kind of digital goods just keeps growing. Maybe someday we will buy cars and pay for burgers using pistol, rifle or grenade designs.