A pair of British YouTubers have been charged with promoting a FIFA gambling site to minors. The UK Gambling Commission has targeted Essex-based personalities Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas, and Dylan Rigby, in what may be the first video game related gambling offense to be prosecuted in the country.
Both men have been charged with promoting a lottery, and advertising unlawful gambling. The case has been adjourned until 14 October. The betting operation, named FUTGIVEAWAYZ, allows users to bet with FIFA’s in-game currency, which can be obtained with real money. Since being charged, Rigby has deactivated his YouTube channel.
Controversy surrounding gaming gambling sites has risen over the last year. A similar story involved popular Counter-Strike: GO YouTubers, who pointed their fans to a gambling site, without disclosing that they themselves were its owners. Valve has attempted to distance itself from such practices, issuing cease-and-desist notices to prominent gambling sites.
The BBC also estimates that the global market in betting on games is worth as much as £4 billion.