Online Gambling on the Rise, but who’s it Targeting?
https://preview.redd.it/j7cowowr10x41.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=bbfbf056dd3ab971e3146561a33b6e693d4ac480 Twenty years after the worldwide panic resulting from the Y2K controversy, the internet has become a constant in our daily lives. Little thought is put into regulations on how it affects our youth, and how it affects the world we live in. With the rise of social media, we are seeing the drastic results of this ignorance. Since 2016, cyberbullying has increased by over 35%, and the tactics of predators have changed while we have found ourselves left in the mud. Applications like Kik and Snapchat have become havens for these attacks on our youth, resulting in terrible tragedy after a terrible tragedy. In recent years, there have been token attempts to put forth regulations to force these companies to address these issues, but one major problem continues to rear its ugly head in our cultural zeitgeist: Online Gambling. Online gambling has become one of the world's most profitable and expanding businesses. The industry itself is projected to take over on-site gambling by 2030, and children are most at risk. In recent studies conducted by the University of Hartford, 17% of teens in America have gambled online at least once before their 18th birthday. It may come as a shock to many of the influence this industry has gained in such a quick time period; however, much of the gambling being discussed is not even on sites that use Playtech or Net Entertainment, but rather, through video game collectibles functioning as pseudo-cryptocurrency. Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a first-person shooter, developed by Valve, has an in-game feature that allows players to receive cases and open them with purchasable keys for a chance to win valuable weapons skins. Due to certain rarities of skins, these skins build value where players can buy and sell them through the steam marketplace. Do not hope for a return on investment. In statistics released by the launch of Counter-Strike in China in 2017, Valve was forced to admit that each grade of weapons operates on a five to one rarity level. In essence, every time you go up a grade your odds of receiving anything of value are cut by 4/5ths. So the lowest grade of weapons have an ~80% drop rate, the second-lowest have a ~16% drop rate. This continues until the rarest item, knife skins, where the drop rate falls to 0.26%. In most cases, of course, you do not make the $2.50 required to open the containers back unless you receive a pink item, which has a 3% drop rate. However, gambling does not stop there. In recent years, gambling sites have been opened, allowing players to place their skins on the line to win big prize-pools of unbelievable value. Sites like CSGORoll and CSGOEmpire have seen more than 1,000,000 visitors a month and have seen more than $5,500,000 be gambled through their site at that same time. So where does the youth of America play into this? The demographics have shown more than 30% of CS:GO’s player base are individuals under the age of 18. With this rise in youth player bases and many youth role models encouraging the practice of CS:GO Gambling among their fan base, it’s hard for a child to not get caught within the online gambling world. Back in 2017, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two popularCS:GO YouTubers and both owners of CS:GO Gambling sites, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after multiple complaints were filed about youth gambling being encouraged. They were also criticized for their unethical promotion of gambling sites, which they owned, without disclosing such ownership to their viewers. In their words, they had "just found this new site" which was in fact their own site operating with shady practices and unverifiable odds. With the new decade starting, online gambling is still a threat to the youth and many families. While sites such as CSGOLotto and CSGORoll are still active slowly losing interest, the youth have gone to other ways of online gambling. ESport Fantasy Leagues, Sports Fantasy Leagues, and other betting services have become the front for youth gambling. Players will bet money on, in-game items, on their favorite teams, favorite players, and favorite characters. Until such time where we see action by Congress, the youth will continue to be victims of predatory individuals who seek to capitalize on their naivety and on their parent's unwatchful eyes. Something must be done to combat the rise in childhood gambling, and to ensure the safety of our children.
I run one of the largest CS:GO skin gambling sites. AMA!
Hi, I'm known as 'Monarch' and I run one of the biggest CSGO skin betting sites, so this will probably be quite a controversial AMA topic. The CSGO gambling scene is considered shady and unregulated (rightly so) and in the last few years, it’s been plagued by a variety of scammers and scandals. A couple of examples of these include: - 1 ) Two very popular Youtubers, TmartN, and Prosyndicate (3.9M and 9.8M subscribers respectively) made videos about a site called ‘CSGOLotto’ in which it looked like they’d won huge amounts of money. It turned out that they were the owners of that same site. Here’s a video of the entire story by H3H3: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8fU2QG-lV0 2 ) Popular streamer ‘Phantoml0rd’ hosted Twitch live streams playing on ‘CSGOShuffle’. Here's a clip of his stream where he apparently wins $29,000 from other players on the website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBSYtficmdc. Phantoml0rd's Skype account was subsequently hacked, and the chat logs were leaked. It turns out that he was not only the owner of the site, but he also rigged the games in his favor. Twitch obviously banned him, so he decided to sue them – and he’s demanded $35M from Twitch for ‘damages’ caused. 3) Around a year ago, my team and I started investigating the biggest CSGO gambling site of the time and we found evidence that the games were being rigged. I shared the findings publicly, which involved some incredibly shady things about the Russian owner of the site and a very famous Swedish Youtuber. The scandal quickly gained traction and I became the target of various personal attacks and threats. I shared my story in a Twitlonger post, which someone shared on Reddit and it ended up hitting the front page: - https://www.reddit.com/GlobalOffensive/comments/9prbfj/new_evidence_that_vlad_and_anomaly_are_giving/ About me I've been running my site for nearly 4 years and in that time, we've hosted well over 5 million users. I'm an advocate for fair and transparent gambling and I've done a lot of work to expose fraudulent operators whilst pressuring other CSGO gambling sites to operate fairly. In particular, I've spread awareness of ‘provably fair’ technology which can be used by casinos to prove that the games have been drawn fairly. Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t made me popular in some of the darker corners of the skin betting industry... As a result, I've received a lot of AMA requests, so here I am. In this thread, you can ask anything from a person who knows the skin gambling scene inside and out. I'm also hoping to spark discussions about the problems concerning this kind of unregulated gambling and how we could solve them. Proof: https://twitter.com/CSGOEmpireV2/status/1164925320174145536
Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two social media influencers who are widely followed in the online gaming community, have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively endorsed the online gambling service CSGO Lotto, while failing to disclose they jointly owned the company. They also allegedly paid other well-known influencers thousands of dollars to promote the site on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook, without requiring them to disclose the payments in their social media posts. The Commission order settling the charges requires Martin and Cassell to clearly and conspicuously disclose any material connections with an endorser or between an endorser and any promoted product or service. “Consumers need to know when social media influencers are being paid or have any other material connection to the brands endorsed in their posts,” said FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen. “This action, the FTC’s first against individual influencers, should send a message that such connections must be clearly disclosed so consumers can make informed purchasing decisions.” Also today, the FTC announced that staff has both sent warning letters to 21 social media influencers it contacted earlier this year regarding their Instagram posts, and updated staff guidance for social media influencers and endorsers. According to the FTC, beginning in late 2015, Martin, Cassell, and their company, CSGOLotto, Inc., operated and advertised the csglotto.com website. The CSGO Lotto name was based on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, also known as “CS: GO,” an online multi-player, first-person shooter game. The game uses collectible virtual items called “skins” that can be used to cover weapons in distinctive patterns. Skins can be bought, sold, and traded for real money. CSGO Lotto enabled consumers to gamble, using skins as virtual currency. Martin is the company’s president and Cassell is its vice president. As alleged in the complaint, each posted YouTube videos of themselves gambling on their website and encouraging others to use the service. Martin’s videos had titles such as, “HOW TO WIN $13,000 IN 5 MINUTES (CS-GO Betting)” and “$24,000 COIN FLIP (HUGE CSGO BETTING!) + Giveaway.” Cassell posted videos with titles such as “INSANE KNIFE BETS! (CS:GO Betting),” and “ALL OR NOTHING! (CS:GO Betting).” In all, Cassell’s videos promoting the CSGO Lotto website were viewed more than 5.7 million times. Martin and Cassell allegedly also promoted the site on Twitter without adequately disclosing their connection to CSGO Lotto. According to the FTC’s complaint, Martin, Cassell, and their company also had an “influencer program” and paid other gaming influencers between $2,500 and $55,000 to promote the CSGO Lotto website to their social media circles, while prohibiting them from saying anything negative about the site. The Commission’s complaint alleges that Martin, Cassell, and their company misrepresented that videos of themselves and other influencers gambling on the CSGO Lotto website and their social media posts about the website reflected the independent opinions of impartial users of the service. The complaint charges that, in truth, Martin and Cassell are owners and officers of the company operating the CSGO Lotto website and the other influencers were paid to promote the website and were prohibited from impugning its reputation. Finally, the complaint alleges that a number of Martin’s, Cassell’s, and the gaming influencers’ CSGO Lotto videos and social media posts deceptively failed to adequately disclose that Martin and Cassell are owners and officers of the company operating the gambling service, or that the influencers received compensation to promote it. The proposed order settling the FTC’s charges prohibits Martin, Cassell, and CSGOLotto, Inc. from misrepresenting that any endorser is an independent user or ordinary consumer of a product or service. The order also requires clear and conspicuous disclosures of any unexpected material connections with endorsers.
There's also some more paragraphs about what "influencers" should do, but I'll leave that out as it deals with boring Instagram crap. So, what do you think about the end result of the h3h3productions assblasting?
Faze Rain own CSGOWild and a bunch of Faze members sponsored without disclosing
So after seeing all the drama about CSGOLotto, I've been hearing a lot about how Nordon Shat aka Faze Rain, owns part of CSGOWild.com. After going through and looking at Faze Rain's youtube channel, I looked at most of his videos of him gambling on CSGOWild. All of them "now" say the video is sponsored by CSGOWild, but I'm not sure if that was done before or after the CSGOlotto drama. Since he disclosed that he was sponsored by CSGOWild, I moved onto Faze Adapt. He only has 1 video that I could find of him gambling on CSGOWild. Faze Adapt Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaC_aT__QF0 Faze Rain is in this video telling Faze Adapt how the website works. In this video several shady things happen. First Faze Adapt says he is new to the website, yet when he bets on the roulette his account shows that he is verified, which means he has been on the website before and contacted support. You can also see a Twitch Streamer known as PhantomL0rd also is verified. Pic of him verified: http://imgur.com/rXQerTk The other shady thing is when he is betting, 2 times during the video he "randomly" wins thousands of dollars even though he lost. They try and play it off like it was a glitch. First time happens at 3:15, he wins $5,000. https://youtu.be/iaC_aT__QF0?t=3m15s Second time happens at 4:19, he wins $11,000. https://youtu.be/iaC_aT__QF0?t=4m19s Faze Adapt never says he is sponsored by CSGOWild at all, not even in the description. Proof showing the description says nothing about sponsorship: http://imgur.com/VNOUpOH After Faze Adapt I went onto Faze Blaziken, this is where there is even more proof that Faze Clan is more involved with CSGOWild. In this video, again Faze Rain is helping him gambling on CSGOWild. Blaziken says he is going to put everything from his inventory onto the site. When he is depositing the skins, he shows his past trades. In his trade history, you can see him getting a $500 item from Owner of csgowild, Gagey. Faze Blaziken Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTDKICNJNbY When he opens his trade offers, you can see his past trade: https://youtu.be/NTDKICNJNbY?t=50s Picture of the trade: http://imgur.com/LDeNvXQ Owner of CSGOWild Steam Profile: https://steamcommunity.com/id/GageyG Just a few seconds later, Blaziken says that Faze Rain gave him the $500 knife. But if Faze Rain gave him the knife, that means Gagey is Faze Rain? Also if the Owner gave you a knife to make the video, doesn't that mean that this is a sponsored video? He doesn't say at all in the video or description that this is a sponsored video. Blaziken saying Rain gave him the knife: https://youtu.be/NTDKICNJNbY?t=1m2s Proof showing the description says nothing about sponsorship: http://imgur.com/WNS1otc Of course none of this is hardcore proof that they are sponsored or own the website but both of these videos have information that says otherwise. People have tried to look up who owns CSGOWild but they haven't had any luck. Here is another post about it and why they can't find who owns it. https://www.reddit.com/GlobalOffensive/comments/4r77x5/sirscoots_on_twitter_heard_a_rumor_that/d4ysfjp It would be nice to get more interest and eyes on this because I don't want Faze Rain or anyone else involved to get away why Tmartn and Syndicate take all hate. There is definitely something fishy with the faze clan and csgowild.
They should allow certain sites, such as OPskins, Lounge etc
I think it's good that Valve are removing these sites, but I think some sites should stay. Lounge: A large part of the viewerbase is there for betting. Removing that feature would damage the live community. Also, the trading feature should obvioously stay. OPskins: As far as I know they don't do any gambling, all they do is help people cash out. If they have any gambling parts they should obviously remove those. Kickback: Kickback is pretty special: You play 1v1's ingame against other people, the person who wins wins poi9nts which can be spent on skins. I feel that this isn't really as heavy gambling as say CSGOLotto. Also, let me just clarify, when I say gambling I mean purely luckbased things, such as case openings, roulettes, coin flips etc. When I say betting I mean betting on games.
recently I made a bet on csgolotto, however my skins never made the pot and were trapped on a bot. I have soon discovered that many of the sites bots are bugged. I sent a ticket asking for a trade to be sent with my skins that didn't get put into the pot and that were stuck on a bot. I then received a trade offer so im guessing they saw my ticket. However the trade has a error every time i attempt to accept it. I have since made two tickets asking for the trade to be re sent with no response. Im guessing they lack much support staff so if your unlucky enough to get a bot that is bugged your skins may be stuck forever.
Before you guys flame me for being brutally honest I have nothing against CSGOLotto as a website, just a handful of people associated with the website. Ok so I have feared making this post for a couple weeks now because I know I'd get a bunch of flak because I'm just an impatient child that needs to fulfill his betting addiction before I take out a small loan of a million dollars and become bankrupt but that isn't the case. Part of the reason I am making this is because I am apart of this problem but what pushed me over the edge to actually make this post was going on the CSGOLotto twitter / Steam group page and seeing all the complaints of support tickets from months and months ago not being replied to.. Alright so let's stop beating around the bush and get to the point... Pretty much about 13 days ago I won a 170$ dual bet on CSGOLotto, pretty excited because that's a lot of money (to me :)) I goto check my trade offers for my winnings and there's no trade offer. Now because in the past trade offers have been known to take from instant to around 20 mins I wasn't too fussed, went to bed because it was pretty late here that night. Fast forward a couple days and there's still no trade offer of my winnings, I check the game history of the dual arena and I find my game, double checking that I won because I have mistaken plenty of times before. ( http://imgur.com/pQJsPCn screenshot of my winnings) After confirming that I have actually 100% won and still haven't received my winnings in a trade offer I decided to create a support ticket seeing as that's the only chance I have of getting a response from anyone higher up working on the website ( tried tweeting CSGOLotto plenty of times and even spoke to an admin in the websites chat but all he did was time me out for a day, may have been spamming a little :P ). So I create a support ticket as detailed as I could make it around 2 days after I had one this dual, waited a while because items do sometimes take a while to come through.. But not that long. To this day I have created 3 support tickets. The first ticket I created on the 20th of January. The second ticket I created on the 25th of January. The third ticket I created on the 30th of January. I tried not to spam the support tickets but after the 5 days passed I felt I needed to make another one, then I started doing that each day. Now I know most of this post may not make sense because english is my second language sorry.. But the main point I'm trying to make with this post is that CSGOLotto really need to work on their support part of the website, if you go through all their tweets the responses are normally people asking for their support tickets to be replied to that are over a month/weeks old... And their steam group is full of complaints with people in the same situation that I'm in just trying to find a solution to this problem. TLDR; CSGOLotto don't read their support tickets as often as a successful site like theirs should. When a website sponsors big streamers / youtubers like TheSyndicateProject, JoshOG you'd expect them to at least address this issue. The TLDR may have been a little too long to read as well but I have so much to say on this issue but I tried to make it as short as I could for the readers sake sorry :(
Back story Last night I met some young kid, probably younger than 13 years old asking for help with the Operation 'Gemini' missions, and I played with him. We were in the middle of a mission when he asked me if I knew what "CSGO Lewto" (CSGOLotto) is and how he wants to play it to win free skins. "You can win free skins by choosing CT or T and if you guessed right, you win," basic enough, but he was convincing himself that it wasn't gambling. I explained to him how the site really works, and how it's not free, you have to bet your own skins and potentially lose them. I also made it clear to him that what he would be doing is illegal as he is not 21 yet and still have plenty of years to go. He replied, "how will they know I'm not 21?"
Personally, whenever I gambled and lost skins in the past, I would shake it off and think to myself, "it's just skins, it's not real cash". The problem is skins are a currency, or a medium of at the least, just like cash. Kids underage gambling isn't the only factor at play here, there's also the fact that some of them use money they get from birthdays/gifts, or just using their parent's credit card (w/ or w/o permission). They use that money to buy skins and end up losing it all because of gambling. Gambling skins is all too easy, especially when kids young(er) as 13 can do it.
Sign in with steam, select/deposit skins you want to bet Accept and verify the trade offer, and hope that you win.
OPSkins requires verification in order to buy/sell skins. Why can't gambling websites place some sort of defense against kids gambling like OPSkins does to protect it's customers? Better yet, since the gambling websites don't/aren't doing anything, what can we, as a community, do to help stop kids from gambling their skins and possibly shy them away from it?
Good points brought up by other Redditors:
"But isn't [opening] cases a form of gambling also?" - docness14 "If gambling sites required verification, their traffic would be cut in half, they would make alot less profit." - PatrickLad
So right now, MutHead has the pack simulator, binder sync, real life game betting with MHC, etc. and it's easily one of the best websites dedicated to an Ultimate Team out there. However, one way that, if it could be implemented, could really change the dynamic of MutHead would be implementing something along the lines of a MUT version of CSGOlotto.com. Honestly, the best way to learn about CSGOlotto.com is from watching a YouTube video (Here's one from TheSyndicateProject), but basically for CSGO you put up skins, which are worth a certain value, either in a pot with sever people and the more money you put in, the greater chance you have to win, or in a Head to Head bet, which is just a coin flip. I feel like this would work extremely well with MUT, being that each player has a price which is directly listed on MutHead, so it would be easy to get evenly matched H2H bets. An example would be this: Player A has heads and puts up TOTW 99 Von Miller (335k value XB1) and Player B has tails and puts up 99 Christian Okoye and AR Marcus Mariota (333k total value XB1). The coin flips and whoever it lands on gets the other person's cards. The problem I see with this though is getting the cards from people the participants. Both participants would have to be matched up with some kind of middleman from MutHead, probably, to make this all work. It's just an idea I've been sitting on for a while and thought it would be a pretty cool thing if it was able to come to fruition. What do you guys think?
We found this new site called CSGOLotto—so I'll link it down in the description if you guys want to check it out. We were betting on it today and I won a pot of like $69 or something like that, so it was a pretty small pot, but it was like the coolest feeling ever. I ended up following them on Twitter and stuff, and they hit me up and they're talking to me about potentially doing like a skin sponsorship.
Sooo i guess a little bit of a backstory, I met this guy in cs. We played on a daily basis for 6-7 months. We were friends, we talked every day, we played, talked, exchanged social media accounts .He was a great,funny guy. Loved talking to him. I made ~250 dollars by betting and I got a knife, which I sooooo so so so wanted. He ended up scamming me, eventually, deleted me off every media website and just cut all contacts with me. Yes, i know it was stupid to share my account with him but he truly gained my trust... I ended up buying an AK skin like a bit more than a week ago off of my own money. For some reason today i ended up on csgolotto and I bet it with the ideal goal of getting a knife back, since that's basically all I want . I of course lost my AK skin so here i am miserable again, lost everything .Anyways i messaged the guy who won and told him that that was pretty much my only skin and that i'd love to get it back if he didn't need it. And he did, told me to stop betting and to have a great day.. It's such a good gesture and it really moved me, not because he gave my skin back, but because he didn't need to do it and just did it out of good will. Truly made my day which was already going pretty shit.. I guess aside from telling you how awesome this person is, I also want to say that no matter how shitty someone has treated you, there's always other people to make up for it :) . Sorry for the long post/rant i just felt the need to write it up ^^ TL;dr got scammed ; wanted knife back ; bet on a gambling site; lost only skin i had ; guy returned it and made my day
[Q] Need advice on converting multiple small skins into a nice knife!
Hey guys, so I have been betting on csgolotto and somehow managed to make a pretty nice profit so now I am looking at getting my first "really nice" knife. My question is, what is the best plan of action for acquiring a good knife? My gut tells me to just grind trades and try to get keys for all of my skins but I have a hard time trading skins for keys (I think I just suck at pricing stuff lol). Any help/input is greatly appreciated thanks!
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