The verdict is out for Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell after they made the news when the CS:GO gambling site they’d been promoting was discovered to be owned by the two. And it’s nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
You may remember last year that the two were caught promoting and encouraging their viewers to throw money at CSGOLotto.com, using videos of themselves winning pots of cash, without disclosing that the two actually owned the site. Though a series of apology videos which were removed, or simply just remaining quiet about the whole situation, things seemed to die down as lawyers were getting involved.
It also came to light that the two had paid other “influencers” between $2500 and $55,000 to promote the site, though it wasn’t disclosed which “influencers” were involved.
Now, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have looked extensively at the situation and… Have let the two off with a warning that any future violations will result in a fine. That’s right, the two do not need to admit responsibility for any wrongdoings nor will they face any penalties for their past actions.
The FTC will however require proper disclosure from the pair and will force violations which come with a fine of $40,654 for each violation.
The takeaway from this is that once again governing bodies are still pretty behind with the times, especially when these so-called “influences” gain greater powers over brands and their audiences, and are clearly taking advantage of this.
Honestly, excuse my French, but this is an absolute fucking joke.