With recent news about gambling sites which award the winners in-game items it was a matter of time until someone had to answer for it and in the UK two people have been charged.
Sites like CSGO Lotto and SteamLoto mainly hit the headlines after it was revealed that some prominent YouTube stars were behind the sites they were promoting while making it less than clear they had a vested interest. That initial spark of interest into the sites caused governing bodies to sit up and pay attention to the new way of gambling and commence investigations.
In the UK, under the UK Gambling Act 2005 Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas have been charged at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court with “promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling.” Douglas was also charged with “inviting children to gamble.” The case was brought by the Gambling Commission over the alleged conduct involving “the use of a virtual currency.”
The case has been adjourned until the 14th October 2016 at 2pm. While online gambling is legal in the UK, there are licenses and laws to follow.