YouTubers TmarTn (Trevor Martin) and ProSyndicate (Thomas Cassell) – popular video creators for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – have been implicated in a scandal involving digital betting.
In a video dissecting the event (from h3h3Productions and HonorTheCall), it appears that both YouTubers have used their channels to advertise a betting site named CSGO Lotto. The site in questions lets players bet on the digital goods (skins, weapon models etc.) that they have earned in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – some of which can be sold for thousands of dollars.
The real trouble lies in the fact that both Martin and Casell are actually joint owners of CSGO Lotto – president and vice-president respectively. None of their advertised content disclosed that they owned the service. One clip shows Martin saying: “we found this new site [...] I ended up following them on Twitter and stuff, and they hit me up, and they’re talking to me about potentially doing like a skin sponsorship.”
Failure to disclose that you own a company while advertising for it can be a criminal offense in the United States, breaking the USA’s Federal Trade Commission Act. If governing bodies decide that Martin and Cassell have broken the law, they could be punished.
As of the news surfacing, Martin has made all of his videos associated with the betting site private. Cassell took to Twitter with this to say:
I do however stand very firmly behind the fact that @CSGOLotto has never & will never scam/steal from players.— Mr. Syndicate (@ProSyndicate) July 4, 2016
We'll keep you updated if more information surfaces.