YouTuber gets tangled in another Video Game Gambling scandal, gets fined USD 110,000
Looks like Esports isn’t totally done with digital currency betting as a UK-based YouTuber gets caught up in the sketchy web of video game betting, this after turning a blind eye to minors who participate in their own item betting platforms.
While Valve may have already cracked down on some popular item betting websites for Dota 2 and CS:GO, it would appear that the issue is not limited to MOBAs as the sports title Fifa 16 is also being used for betting digital currency. The accused YouTuber, Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas, together with his partner, businessman Dylan Rigby, has pleaded guilty to charges which include breaching UK’s 2005 Gambling Act with the former made to pay a fine of £91,000 (~USD 110,000) and the latter to shell out £174,000 (~USD 210,000).
Both Douglas and Rigby operated the Fifa betting platform FutGalaxy which utilizes Credit Cards to enable its users to bet digital currency. According to a report by The Guardian, both Douglas and Rigby has turned a blind eye over FutGalaxy’s minors after a 14-year old user reportedly lost a value amounting to £586 (~USD 222) in a single day through digital currency betting. Part of the evidence that was presented against Douglas and Rigby was a video clip of Douglas saying: “You don’t have to be 18 for this because this is a virtual currency“.
The incident is stated to become one of the most serious cases of digital currency betting in UK according to Sarah Harrison of the UK Gambling Commission.