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Steam warns users against gambling site after YouTube stars discovered as owners


Steam has begun warning users not to use a high-profile Counter-Strike: GO gambling website after its ownership turned out to be two YouTube stars – who were also using YouTube to promote the site.

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Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Tom “Syndicate” Cassell are listed in newly-uncovered business records as the president and vice-president, respectively, of online gambling site CS:GO Lotto.

The news of CS:GO Lotto’s ownership came as a surprise to viewers who have watched the pair promote the site on their channels, where both YouTube stars can be seen gambling – and winning big money – while using it.

Neither had publicly disclosed their full roles in the site. TmarTn had not even disclosed his videos as being promotional tools.

Attempt to log in to CS:GO Lotto now and you are greeted with the following warning message: “The URL you are attempting to log in to has been blocked by our moderators and staff. This site may be engaged in phishing, scamming, spamming, or delivering malware.”

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It is still possible to click through to the site, but only after disregarding Steam’s warning.

Unsurprisingly, news of CS:GO Lotto’s true ownership caused anger among many of TmarTn and Syndicate’s combined 10m fans who feel misled, or even that the stars cheated.

The issue was brought to light in this video from h3h3Productions which undertook a lot of the legwork in finding the legal documentation, and which follows on from an earlier video by HonorTheCall last week which originally exposed CS:GO Lotto’s ownership.