These days, gambling comes in all shapes and sizes, and a new scandal has just been discovered from a rather unlikely area. The world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is a popular video game, has been rocked by a gambling scandal which saw two prominent YouTube stars promoting a third-party gambling website for the video game that they owned themselves, without informing their viewers they owned the site.
Before we go any further, I am sure you are wondering how exactly you can gamble in a video game like Counter-Strike, which is a first-person shooter. You might think we’re talking about gambling on the outcome of a match, but that is not the case in this instance.
While playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, players will eventually start earning loot crates that contain various skins and camouflage patterns for the in-game weapons. These skins range from being common skins to ultra-rare ones, which can be worth thousands of real-world dollars. As for the gambling itself, players can go to a third-party website, link up their game account and gamble these skins. If they win, they can make off with a selection of digital goods that are worth a lot of money.
This has already caused some controversy because there has been nothing stopping anyone with a Steam account from gambling and you only need to be 13 years old to create your Steam account. There have already been many complaints levelled at Steam for allowing underage people to essentially gamble and stand a chance to win thousands of dollars’ worth of virtual goods.
So what’s this Counter-Strike controversy?
The main controversy is centred on two popular YouTube stars that regularly put up videos of themselves gambling their Counter-Strike skins on a website called CSGO Lotto. They often won pots that were worth a lot of money and heavily promoted this particular Counter-Strike gambling site.
Well, it turns out that these two people weren’t as honest as they seemed. When they first started covering the website, they acted as though they had just happened to come across it and told their viewers how much fun the site was. As it turns out, these two YouTubers owned the site in question and were promoting their website without informing their viewers of this, something which is required under U.S. law.
It remains to be seen exactly what the fallout will be, but it is entirely possible that they will face a legal case against them. The problem isn’t that they promoted their gambling website, but rather how they did it. The pair presented it as a cool site they’d discovered and encouraged their fans to use it, never mentioning that they owned it and stood to make a lot of extra money from their fans.
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