Gambling and CS:GO, are two things that seem to go hand in hand these days, for better or for worse. The CS:GO community at large are a shrewd bunch and it didn’t take long for them to sniff out some rather shady business involving a few very large YouTube personalities and the skin gambling site that they in fact are co-owners of. This entire situation is very unfortunate for both Syndicate and TmarTn; however, what’s more unfortunate is that the community should have seen this coming a mile away.
Valve distancing themselves from considering these online skins as money has done little to influence the fact that many websites and sub-communities exist for the sole purpose of buying, selling, trading, and gambling with the online skins in place of real world money.
While many countries have thorough gambling laws and guidelines governing the sector, the world of CS:GO is severely lacking such governance. As such, many sites have popped up over the last year in attempts to grab a piece of the weapon skin pie.
Tom “Syndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin are both widely known for their entertaining and fun video game related content, but these two individuals seem to have been trying to cash in on the Counter-strike market by founding CSGOLotto.com. Making videos showcasing this “new-found” site and being far less than forthcoming about their ties to it may, by now, have done irreparable damage to their brands and channels.
The truly unfortunate element to this story is not the mischievous actions of Tom and Trevor, but rather that the community should have expected, and should still expect, that practices like this in an unregulated and exponentially growing market happen each and every day. At the end of the day, the amount of money at stakes and the extremely low levels of accountability and regulation make doing what TmarTn and Syndicate have done a low risk, high reward decision.