Following on from news earlier in the week – where a pair of popular YouTubers were found to be owners of a Counter-Strike gambling site without disclosing that information – Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Thomas “ProSyndicate” Cassell are being sued.
In a story from Polygon, a complaint was filed today in the Southern District of Florida against Valve and the CSGO Lotto owners.
Martin pulled down a video he shot yesterday about the controversy. The video featured the YouTuber apologising for the scandal in a rather deflective way, going on to say that his connection to the betting site had been public record – a claim which has been refuted by fans and others who have watched his previous content. You can watch the full video (which has been re-uploaded by a party not associated with Martin) below:
The suit was filed by an anonymous parent on behalf of their child. They are accusing Valve of making a digital marketplace that encourages and allows third-party gambling sites to flourish. CSGO Lotto allows players to trade in their cosmetic skins – some of which sell for thousands of dollars – like casino chips. The legal action is also targeting similar sites like CSGO Diamonds and CSGO Lounge, all of which allow users to link their Steam accounts to them.
Neither Martin nor Cassell have commented on the suit. CSGO Lotto’s legal representative had this to say: "Given that there is litigation pending, no further public comments will be given on this matter. My comments will be contained in legal arguments to the court, at the appropriate time."