Two men have plead guilty to charges connected to promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling with FIFA currency, according to a report by the BBC. Dylan Rigby and his partner, Craig “Nepenthez” Douglas, were first charged back in September of 2016.
This is the first time the UK Gambling Commission has prosecuted anyone for running a gambling website related to video games. The charges came after both men used Douglas’ YouTube channel to promote their website, FUT Galaxy, which allowed people to transfer FIFA currency to the site and bet on real-life soccer games. It was also found that the winnings could be sold online on a black market, giving the digital currency value in the real world. Douglas also owns several other betting websites related to FIFA and its currency, according to a report by Eurogamer.
Douglas has plead guilty to being an officer of a firm that provided facilities for gambling without an operating licence, and a further offence relating to the advertising of unlawful gambling. While Rigby has plead guilty to two charges connected to the provision of facilities for gambling, and a third offence linked to advertising illegal gambling, both men are still currently waiting to be sentenced.