British YouTubers Charged with Promoting FIFA Gambling Site to Minors

British YouTubers Charged with Promoting FIFA Gambling Site to Minors

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.

Source: Gamasutra



 

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Comments Comments (8)

 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Monday 19 Sep 2016 4:21 PM
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Wow that's crazy however it's a good lesson to learn that not just adults play games lol.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 19 Sep 2016 5:24 PM
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19 September 2016, 04:21 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
Wow that's crazy however it's a good lesson to learn that not just adults play games lol.
I thought the wrong idea was that only kid's play games?
 
 
 
Posted by Rocky1986
On Monday 19 Sep 2016 6:02 PM
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The cheek of it!
 
 
 
Posted by Sir Thrustsalot
On Monday 19 Sep 2016 7:07 PM
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Wouldn't it be nice to have the anti-game groups or this court case pressure the publishers out of all these shady RNG based micro transactions due to the gambling/addictive nature of them.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Monday 19 Sep 2016 7:16 PM
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19 September 2016, 05:24 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
I thought the wrong idea was that only kid's play games?
Yeah can easily be seen as a both ways thing but I was meaning in reference to sports titles I can honestly say I don't know a lot of children that play sports titles.
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Tuesday 20 Sep 2016 12:28 AM
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19 September 2016, 07:16 PM Reply to jtbthatsme
Yeah can easily be seen as a both ways thing but I was meaning in reference to sports titles I can honestly say I don't know a lot of children that play sports titles.
Honestly, and a third of all the sports titles I've ever sold have gone to kids with the exception of Olympics and don bradman.
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Tuesday 20 Sep 2016 7:37 AM
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He voluntarily plays FIFA and calls himself a "gamer"?.. Guilty as charged.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Tuesday 20 Sep 2016 1:32 PM
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These people aren't grateful enough for being payed to play video games and have to get greedy, ugh some people.