UPDATE: TmarTn has removed his apology video after being “disappointed in it”.
@OfficialTrivyte I was disappointed in it
— TmarTn (@TmarTn) July 7, 2016
Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin had been promoting CSGO Lotto without disclosing his involvement in the site. This interest in promoting his own site was due to the fact he was one of two Counter Strike YouTubers, along with Tom “Syndicate” Cassel, that formed the founding team. However, instead of outright apologizing for not disclosing the link to the site he appears to shift some of the blame back on to the community suggesting they should have looked up the company documents.
My connection to CSGO Lotto has been a matter of public record since the company was first organized in December of 2015. However, I do feel like I owe you guys an apology. I am sorry to each and every one of you who felt like that was not made clear enough to you. I truly, honestly hope that you guys give me an opportunity to earn your trust back.
Attorney Ryan Morrison took part in a Reddit AMA regarding the situation and said that the stance was not nearly good enough. He informed PC Gamer
He means someone could’ve searched for that public document, which is utter stupidity. Even if he wrote it in the text underneath his video as he’s gone back and done, that’s still not sufficient disclosure. He couldn’t be further away in terms of compliance.”
While TmarTn points out that they do not knowingly allow minors to use CSGO Lotto and do not store information of site visitors under the age of 13 to comply with COPA rules, Ryan Morrison doesn’t feel that is enough
We have online gambling that is completely unregulated as far as I can tell from CSGO Lotto, they don’t age verify minus one little ‘check tick’ when you sign up for an account, which is nowhere near enough age verification. They allow you to put in and take out [skins] basically as you please, and there’s no attempt to follow the different gambling regulations that exist, even in terms of percentages of winning and things like that. Some jurisdictions don’t allow you to increase the odds of winning if you put in more money and here that’s quite literally how the website works.
Where TmarTn may come under most fire is from the FTC who have guidelines regarding disclosing relationships with promotions made by YouTube channels and videos in a clear manner.