Yesterday a more broad audience was exposed to the outright shadiness involved in the massive online business of Counter-Strike: GO weapon skins betting. In short, third-party websites offer up the ability to bet on skins outside of Steam, while using Steam authentication to make it all legal. These websites, as was uncovered, happened to be owned by several YouTube personalities failing to to disclose this information in promotional, sometimes rigged videos. And the net keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Since the H3H3 report from yesterday became massive news, the two YouTubers implicated – Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassel – have both taken different approaches to avoiding blame and pleading ignorance on the matter. Most of Tmartin’s videos have no been made private following the report, with the personality taking to social media to explain himself. Martin doesn’t see fault in what they did, but maintains that he could’ve been more transparent.
I’ve admitted to wishing I was more upfront about owning the site. It was always public info but I was never very outspoken about it. My idea was to keep business business, while the focus of YouTube was simply making entertaining content. Obviously that was misleading to viewers and something I very much regret. I’ve never been perfect and I 100% own up to that mistake.
Despite that, Martin maintains that nothing he or Cassel did was illegal – despite also admitting that only “70 percent” of his promotional betting video were actually authentic. A figure that, surprise, has no way of even really being checked for fact.