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Two YouTube gamers have been criticised for promoting a betting website to their viewers, without clearly disclosing that they operated it. But it has emerged that the pair are presidents of the company, which is incorporated in Florida. I wanted to build something awesome for other people to enjoy and I played on it," he said.
In CSGO, players can exchange real money for the chance to obtain a modified weapon known as a skin. Like a slot machine, you put your money in, watch the screen go around, and you get an item. As crazy as it may seem, some of the skins go for thousands of dollars. Many professional players have that sort of money to splash out. The game has spawned a number of gambling websites that allow players to bet their skins for the chance to win more valuable ones.
The FTC did not disclose which influencers were paid this money. And what a judgement. TmarTn and Syndicate do not need to admit any culpability and will face no penalty for their past actions. Looking to the future, however, the FTC will require proper disclosure from the pair and will enforce violations. Katz told Rolling Stone. Players bet their own skins for the chance at winning more expensive options - which have a monetary value on Valve's Steam Marketplace.
Slowly but surely, the FTC is catching up with this new form of disclosure. The organisation has updated its guidelines twice since the CS:GO Lotto case was uncovered, although before now has done nothing more than send out warning letters to those who flout its rules.
Nor was there any reference to the fact that other gambling sites had rigged bets to ensure high profile YouTubers' would win while playing - so as to dupe others into thinking they would also be as lucky.
Eurogamer interviewed one such YouTuber, Lewis "PsiSyndicate" Stewart, who admitted accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for recording rigged gambling videos. While TmarTn and Syndicate will not face punishment for their past actions, it is clear the episode has forced a necessary change. Valve, meanwhile, has distanced itself from the controversy. Sometimes we include links to online retail stores.
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Players are turning a profit through trading and selling skins; the money earned can then go towards betting on third-party gambling sites. On top of that, a scandal involving two prominent CS:GO YouTubers owning and promoting one of these sites has recently surfaced. So far, Valve's remained noticeably silent on both fronts. Other websites allow these skins to be bet on the outcome of competitive CS:GO matches. Valve does not endorse such websites, but has been accused of facilitating their existence in a class-action lawsuit that was filed against them in June.
Neither TmarTn nor ProSyndicate disclosed their relationship to the website in any way in the videos they created - though they have since edited declarations into the descriptions. CS:GO Betting " - in which they win thousands of dollars' worth of skins.
TmarTn has since posted a video declaring his innocence, saying his ownership of the site was "never a secret". He has also claimed that he had no affiliation with the site at the time of uploading some of his videos - something proven untrue by the documentation that didn't just name him as a founder of CSGOLotto, but also as the one who filed the documents.
He has also been making a number of his CSGOLotto videos private, evidence of which can be seen here.
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