YouTube is a relatively unregulated industry that requires urgent judicial attention
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The world of YouTube, in particular gaming channels, has become a lucrative industry. Many in the general public may see it as no more than a hobby but YouTubers have accumulated huge fan bases, generating significant revenues based on how many views each video gets and earning them sponsorships, turning it into a lucrative business. Many YouTube personalities earn more than £1 million a year. It is a largely unregulated industry and, as such, the normal judicial laws are often subverted. The latest scandal to hit the YouTube gaming scene is over gambling, and two YouTubers – Thomas Cassell , AKA Syndicate Project, and Trevor Martin, AKA TmarTn – are at the centre of it. They have made several videos of themselves using a gambling site to win ‘big’; the problem is that they both own the site shown in the videos, and never disclosed this fact until they were exposed. Both Cassell and Martin have millions of subscribers and several sponsorships. They earn millions from YouTube, which makes their scam even more sickening. The pair own a site called ‘CSGO Lotto’, a site that enables players to exchange real money to earn gun skins in the massively popular game Counter-strike Global Offensive. To acquire a skin in the game you pay $2.50 (or £1.80) to get a key that unlocks a random skin, like a slot machine. You can then sell these skins for cash, with some going for over $1,000. The gambling element comes in through sites like CSGO Lotto, as you can then bet your skin with other players in the hopes you will be returned with one more valuable. The site is also accessible to all those over the age of 13 – not 18 – which is the requirement in most western countries.
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