During 2016, the act of gambling Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins hit the news big time. Trevor “TmarTn” Martin was accused of promoting CSGOLotto website on his YouTube channel while allegedly not disclosing that he was co-owner of the site. He founded and owned the site along with Tom “Syndicate” Cassel.
Back in July 2016 after the YouTuber attempted to apologise, he later took the video down claiming he wasn’t happy with the way it came across. After that, it was announced that there would be no more public comments on the situation.
That silence didn’t prevent lawsuits from being filed against TmarTn via Jones Ward PLC. The legal firm is in charge of the lawsuit as well as a class action suit against Valve who are accused of setting up and allowing the ecosystem to exist whereby gambling could be achieved.
Jones Ward PLC is also representing numerous teenagers and their parents who “were harmed” by CS:GO skins gambling.
Jasper D. Ward from Jones Ward PLC spoke with PCGamesN about the ongoing legal cases against Martin, CSGOLotto and Valve. In October 2016, Washington’s Federal Court dismissed the case as they found the case didn’t fit under the RICO act. The RICO act is aimed at preventing racketeering, underground gambling and corrupt organisations taking part in concerted illegal activities. This meant Ward he to re-file the case.
We re-filed it in State Court in King County, Seattle, against Valve, and we re-filed in Miami-Dade County, Florida, against Trevor Martin and CSGOLotto, because that’s their home state,
Towards the end of December, Valve had the case moved back to Federal Court which meant Ward had to wait until the new year to file a motion to remand. That act would send the case back to State Court, that is currently pending decision.
Meanwhile, according to Ward, Trevor Martin
… hasn’t filed any motions. I assume he’ll file a motion to dismiss, but I don’t know. Obviously it’s early on, so it’s hard to tell what the outcome is going to be, but we feel good about it. The lawsuit is the best way to hold these guys accountable. For Trevor especially, there doesn’t seem to be any other way to do it. He fled the country after we filed the lawsuit, so it’s going to be hard to get him on the case. He was living in Los Angeles, but now he’s back in the UK.
Apparently, the motion was filed alongside the closure of the CSGOLotto website so the travel plans of Martin may have already been made. It seems unlikely that he has gone into hiding as he is still active on his YouTube Channel.