Counter-Strike Gambling Site Owners Escape Fine

Counter-Strike Gambling Site Owners Escape Fine

Popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive YouTubers have dodged a fine, after promoting a gambling site for the popular shooter. Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell encouraged their viewers to spend money and gamble on virtual items at CSGOLotto, without disclosing that they were in fact the site’s owners.

As Eurogamer reports, the pair also paid other YouTubers between $2500 and $55,000 USD to run promotions, provided they didn’t disparage the site. The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) didn’t disclose their identities.

Neither Martin nor Cassell will face culpability for their past actions.

"The goal of the FTC isn't to be a punitive or draconian agency," said FTC spokesperson Mitchell J. Katz in an interview with Rolling Stone. "We are here to educate consumers about new markets."

CSGOLotto allowed users to pay and gamble on cosmetic items unlocked in the game. They aren’t the only site like this either; platform holder Valve was so fed up with the practices, that they issued violation notices to multiple other major gambling sites. Twitch also cracked down on CS:GO gambling streams.

"Consumers need to know when social media influencers are being paid or have any other material connection to the brands endorsed in their posts," said FTC exec Maureen Ohlhausen in a statement.

"This action, the FTC's first against individual influencers, should send a message that such connections must be clearly disclosed so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions."

Controversy surrounding gambling sites has flared up recently. Last year saw British YouTubers Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas and Dylan Rigby charged with promoting a FIFA gambling site to minors. Douglas was ordered to pay fines and costs of £91k for running the site, while Rigby was charged £174k.



 

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Comments Comments (6)

 
Posted by kniteowl
On Monday 11 Sep 2017 11:10 AM
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You could say... they dodged a bullet...

I'll see myself out lol
 
 
 
Posted by AdamC
On Monday 11 Sep 2017 11:48 AM
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"This action, the FTC's first against individual influencers, should send a message that such connections must be clearly disclosed so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions."

So the message that is being sent is there are no consequences?
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Monday 11 Sep 2017 12:35 PM
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This is terrible - if you know anything about what these YouTuber's did then they definitely should not have walked away with a mere stern telling off (not even a slap on the wrist). Absolutely disgusting what they were marketing to what they know is primarily an audience filled with children.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Monday 11 Sep 2017 3:47 PM
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Dodgy ass youtubers
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 11 Sep 2017 5:00 PM
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oh guys i need your money to fuel my massive home.
 
 
 
Posted by dudemanphat
On Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 3:17 PM
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11 September 2017, 11:48 AM Reply to AdamC
"This action, the FTC's first against individual influencers, should send a message that such connections must be clearly disclosed so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions."

So the message that is being sent is there are no consequences?
Exactly what i was thinking, what a joke.