Skins are valued highly by many players. This is particularly true for rarer skins, which may be difficult for players to find or purchase in a game. It is this attribute that makes skins potentially useful for gambling.
To use skins in gambling, the player must find a third-party gambling provider. These providers generally host eSports contests, in which players can bet on the outcome of a game such a CS:GO or DOTA 2. Players who correctly predict the outcome of this contest receive the skins wagered by other gamblers. They also have all the skins they have wagered returned to them.
Turning wagered skins into money
When players win skins while betting on eSports games, these winnings are stored in the player's game account - or in another secure digital storage space.
To make money on these skins, players can choose to sell them. In most cases, transactions are handled via trading features within the game itself. Players can make money from skins betting in this way, but these digital assets are also at risk during wagering.