FIFA YouTubers Craig Douglas (NepentheZ), 32 and his business partner, 33-year-old Dylan Rigby have both pleaded guilty in court to the charge of operating an illegal gambling operation.
Charged under the 2005 Gambling Act, Douglas and Rigby were originally expected to plead innocent but changed their plea.
Douglas who makes YouTube videos under the name NepentheZ concentrated on Electronic Arts’ FIFA series. The game contains the game mode FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) where you collect players and spend real money on collecting more if you don’t feel like grinding. In a number of videos, NepentheZ promoted a website called FUT Galaxy which allowed players to place bets on real football matches in exchange for FIFA coins. What appeared to happen was the lack of disclosure by the YouTuber confirming he was co-owner of the site he was promoting.
While the FUT Galaxy website has been closed down, its sister site in Spain, FutGoles.com is still operating.
Douglas pleaded guilty to one charge of running a gambling firm without an operating license and another charge of advertising unlawful gambling. Rigby, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to two charges: providing facilities for gambling, and advertising unlawful gambling.
The case against the two FIFA YouTubers is expected to last for up to five days and started today at the Birmingham Magistrates Court.