Counter-Strike YouTubers exposed as owners of dodgy gambling site
Popular dudebros/CSGO YouTubers have been exposed as the owners of a gambling site aimed at players and fans.
People have been selling in-game items and characters online since the early days of World of Warcraft. There's nothing wrong with buying and selling in-game content when the transaction of money is for a defined product. However, there's a more insidious side to pawning off in-game items that appeal people with a taste for gambling, a lottery-like system where players gamble items they've paid real money for.
It has been revealed that popular CSGO YouTubers Trevor "tmartn" Martin and Thomas "ProSyndicate" Cassell are the owners of one such website, CSGO Lotto, and have been promoting the gambling avenue (with painful reaction videos) without disclosing their ties to the business.
Last week, a relatively unknown YouTuber known as HonorTheCall surfaced some interesting details about the ownership of the website CSGO Lotto by searching business filings through StateLog and InterCredit Report listings. In the video (embedded below), it's revealed that Martin and Cassell are the President and Vice President, respectively.
YouTubers get paid to promote products and companies all the time. However, one of the many issues here, is that, not only do these two have unbridled access to CSGO Lottery and the ability to rig the outcome of a recorded "gamble", but they have continuously promoted the website without ever disclosing their link to the company.
Martin responded to these claims by assuring gamers he had disclosed links to CSGO Lottery in the descriptions to these gambling videos. However, the team at h3h3 quickly debunked that claim when they used the web archive tool, Way Back Machine, to discover these disclaimers had been retroactively added after the blowout from HonorTheCall's video.
Martin and Cassell are massive YouTube celebrities. ProSyndicate has over 2 million subscribers and Tmartn over 5 million (across two channels) and Similarweb shows that CSGO Lotto has an average 1,668,559 views per month. That is a massive audience. A lot of people deceived. Somehow, they've managed to remain humble...
— TmarTn (@TmarTn) June 30, 2016