In light of revelations about Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin’s undisclosed ownership of a CS:GO skin lottery website, Team Envy (also styled as Team EnVyUS) have distanced themselves from the YouTuber. Martin was a “minority owner” in Team Envy, who have released a statement today clarifying the extent of his involvement.
As an eSports team heavily involved in the CS:GO scene, you can imagine why Envy would want to disavow a relationship with a character who failed to disclose ownership of an unregulated gambling site he was actively promoting.
Envy say they were “surprised” by this news, and state that “Trevor has never been involved in the operational or decision making process of our team or company. He is not a managing partner, does not sit on our board and has a very small, minority stake in the business that operates Team EnVyUs.”
They say that in Envy’s early days of operation, they “gave a small amount of equity to Trevor in return for his advisement and support of our video content on the YouTube network.”
The eSports organisation are also at pains to fully distance themselves from Martin’s Lotto site.
“As a company and as managing partners, we have absolutely no involvement with or ties to CSGOLotto.com. Recently, a few of our CS:GO players have been offered sponsorship with CSGOLotto.com among many other lottery driven or skin marketplace type web destinations on an individual basis. Our organization does not manage those relationships and have advised our players to avoid further relationships with any company that may be deemed as negligent by the vocal community.
We have always rejected lucrative offers from groups who operate unregulated marketplaces, lottery or wagering type properties and will continue to do so. At this time, we will fully cooperate with any publisher, partner or party we are engaged in business with in order to maintain this position we have dedicated ourselves to all along.”
It’s unclear whether Martin still has “minority ownership” in the team at this point, but the statement ends with a call for caution and care, as well as an indication that Envy will be conducting their own internal investigations.