I´m thinking of starting a Gambling site based on Steam Skins currency. This would transfer to virtual currency and the skins deposited to private profiles. The problem here is that I wonder if I´m allowed to add card payment for this virtual currency. I´m aware that online gambling is illegal in most states and I need to have a permission, but here comes the question. I´m currently living in Mexico and I´m underage in this country and in United States (15 yrs old) and here in Mexico there is no problem about online gambling. So the servers would be in the US and the DNS is in US but I'm working from Mexico. Is it legal? Would it be legal if in the terms of use I ask the player he is not from US and also he is not underage in his country?

  • Have you first googled to see what the responses are? Apr 20, 2016 at 16:55
  • @sabbahillel, yes that whuy I know online gambling is legal in Mexico, but there are some specific questions that involves knowing laws :/ Apr 20, 2016 at 17:02
  • What do you mean by "add card payment for this virtual currency?" And what relevance do you believe your age has to the question? Is your question a duplicate of this one? And have you looked at the links in this comment?
    – feetwet
    Apr 20, 2016 at 17:24
  • @feetwet, yes I already read the one you link me too and I try to ask two different questions here. Will my age be a problem for any law or thing? And I pretty much know that Steam Virtual currency is not illegal because all of the pages that already are there. My second question would be if there would be a problem to start adding credit card payment so they do not only use skins but also real money to get virtual currency for gambling and using a virtual market with this skins that would be from alot of games not only CSGO. Thanks :) Apr 21, 2016 at 3:42
  • One question per post please
    – Dale M
    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:26

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In theory, every country that claims jurisdiction has jurisdiction. In practice, countries usually don't claim jurisdiction over things that are not their business, and judgements against you may be hard or impossible to enforce, and extradition may be hard or impossible to achieve.

As an example, if your site defrauded gamblers in Germany, then Germany would claim jurisdiction (no matter where the servers are, because in German law, a crime happens where it has its effect). Whether they would be able to do anything about it is a different question.

If the USA finds out that Americans and especially underage Americans are gambling on your site, then they can close down servers in the USA. They can ask for extradition but most likely without access. And they can arrest you if you ever touch US ground.


The laws of the provider's citizenship and location, host's citizenship and location, (potential) user's citizenship and location.


Everywhere's laws apply, if you host in NY, the domain is registered with a company in CA, you have a bank account in Canada, you have a users in TX, france and china, you are in mexico. They all apply. The law decides where the law applies, and the law usually says it applies "here"

In 2000 Yahoo! had a case brought to the french court due to selling Nazi memorabilia, which is illegal in France. The french court said you must stop allowing people in France to buy Nazi items, yahoo turned to the courts in California asking them to say that it was unconstitutional (1st amendment) but they said it wasn't as the french court was not effecting any US citizens, only the behavior of a US company when "in France". For more details see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LICRA_v._Yahoo!


If your goal is to avoid any sort of suit or prosecution, you would want to keep everything in and perform all your business activities in Mexico. As soon as those servers go up in the U.S., a U.S. court would arguably be able to exercise personal jurisdiction over your business. This includes advertising in the USA or any other manner of “purposefully availing” yourself of the U.S. and the benefits derived from conducting business there.

  • Seems cowardly to downvote someone's post without leaving a comment to indicate where there is supposedly a deficiency. Randomly, a correct answer here now has a negative score.
    – A.fm.
    Jul 16, 2017 at 7:44

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