The UK Gambling Commission has decided to charge two men, one of them a YouTuber with 1.3 million subscribers, with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling, according to a report by BBC which suggests this is the first of its kind. Both Craig “Nepenthez” Douglas and Dylan Rigby allegedly used the FIFA in-game currency, FIFA Ultimate Team coins, to promote an online gambling site to minors.
Because there are minors involved and Douglas had allegedly used his YouTube fame to promote gambling on a site that he had owned, he is also being charged with inviting children to gamble. Douglas reportedly owns a handful of gambling sites, such as TheFUTShop.com and MUTCoinTrader according to Eurogamer, though both sites are now offline. That same report goes on to state that Douglas had promoted FUT Galaxy, another gambling site he had owned, and at one point had videos inviting people to use that site. Those videos have since been deleted and it was not stated nor can we confirm if he ever let the public know that he owned the site.
While we cannot confirm if Douglas ever made that information public knowledge, YouTuber HonorTheCall does suggest that Douglas never did. This is the same YouTuber who revealed that Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassel promoted a CS:GO website where players can bet on items, a website that they had both owned. That scandal would go on with Valve sending cease and desist orders to several betting websites, with some discontinuing betting functions.
This case suggests that online betting using in-game currency or skins has grabbed government officials’ attention. Both men appeared at the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court where their case was adjourned until Oct 14.