In case there was any lingering doubt about the illegality of promoting a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive item gambling site without disclosing ownership, Video Game Attorney Ryan Morrison has cleared that up.
Morrison, of the firm MorrisonLee, has been answering questions on twitter about the activities of Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Tom ‘ProSyndicate’ Cassell. On the matter of whether their failure to disclose ownership of the site CSGOLotto while promoting it was merely ‘unethical’ or outright illegal, Morrison has no hesitation.
“It’s definitely illegal, and definitely reported to the FTC”, he writes. The FTC is the US Federal Trade Commission, whose guidelines Martin and Cassell have broken in all kinds of different ways.
Interestingly, he also comments on whether the CSGOLotto site constitutes gambling (something which hasn’t entirely been clear throughout this affair, due to the unregulated nature of CS:GO ‘wagers’). In reply to a query about whether this technically falls under that description, Morrison says “This is gambling”.