Following on from the controversial news that YouTubers Tom “Syndicate” and Trevor “TmarTn” were behind the hugely popular Counter Strike: Global Offensive gambling website, CS:GO Lotto, without making their ownership clear, big questions have been raised regarding video games and gambling. And now, another YouTuber has been charged with “inviting children to gambling” via his FIFA videos.
Craig Douglas, known on YouTube as NepentheZ, and Dylan Rigby of FUTGalaxy, are the very first people to be charged with the act of “promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling” for video games. After being charged by the police for their alleged crimes, the pair will be going to court on the 14th of October to appear in front of a judge and find out if they are guilty or innocent.
It has been reported on the Internet that the Gambling Commission has been looking into the video gaming industry for some time following the sharp increase of in-game gambling using micro-transactions – AKA money you put into the game after purchasing it. With Counter Strike gun skins and FIFA coins proving to be worth billions, parents are being warned that children are more susceptible than ever to gambling.
Even though Craig has been charged, and the news of his activities have been all over social media, he continues to tweet about his new YouTube uploads in addition to live-tweeting football matches. He did however mention his thanks that some fans are sticking with him during the trial process; “I appreciate those who has reserved judgement without the full story, but fully understand those who haven’t. Enjoy your day <3”.