YouTube user Trevor Martin (TmarTn), who was uncovered as the CSGO Lotto owner, has issued an ‘apology’ video which was later taken down. CSGO Lotto is the skin gambling website, which Martin was promoting on his channel.
At the start of the video, Martin could be seen kissing his dog in the hallway of his mansion. He then thanked his fans for their unconditional support, without which he couldn’t have succeeded in his endeavors. He also added that if anyone didn’t know that he owned CSGO Lotto and was profiting from it, then that was their fault.
“My connection to CSGO Lotto has been a matter of public record since the company was first organized in December of 2015. However, I do feel like I owe you guys an apology. I am sorry to each and every one of you who felt like that was not made clear enough to you. I truly, honestly hope that you guys give me an opportunity to earn your trust back.”
Ryan Morrison, an attorney who participated in a Reddit AMA on this topic said,
“He means someone could’ve searched for that public document, which is utter stupidity.”
In reply to PC Gamer‘s inquiry over this matter, Morrison stated,
“Even if he wrote it in the text underneath his video as he’s gone back and done, that’s still not sufficient disclosure. He couldn’t be further away in terms of compliance.”
Martin, however, stressed on the fact that all his businesses are “in compliance with the law.” He also added that minors were never dragged into the CSGO Lotto site.
He said, “This is and always has been a clearly stated policy available both in the terms of service as well as the initial signup page on the website.”
“We do not knowingly record information of children under the age of 13 years in compliance with the COPA Act. This has nothing to do with, and does not mean, that we condone minors under the age of 18 to play on the site,” he added.
Morrison, however, didn’t agree with the adamant Martin, who was more inclined to proving himself right over anything.
He said, “We have online gambling that is completely unregulated as far as I can tell from CSGO Lotto, they don’t age verify minus one little ‘check tick’ when you sign up for an account, which is nowhere near enough age verification.They allow you to put in and take out [skins] basically as you please, and there’s no attempt to follow the different gambling regulations that exist, even in terms of percentages of winning and things like that. Some jurisdictions don’t allow you to increase the odds of winning if you put in more money and here that’s quite literally how the website works.”
“I can’t say there’s going to be prosecution but I’ve said a couple times and I still very much believe that it’s as close to a sure thing as possible,” Morrison continued.
“If you look at FanDuel and DraftKings and how many states have gone after those guys now, they’re gonna see that this is infinitely worse than anything DraftKings and FanDuel was doing and getting similar attention if not more attention. I refuse to believe there’s not a legislator, a district attorney, a state whatever that’s not going to make this into a criminal matter.”
Morrison also added that Martin can face criminal prosecution for operating CSGO Lotto, and the penalties can be very harsh. He pointed out at the FTC guideline can even act like a court and seize the assets, along with fining the offender heavily for running the syndicate.
Trevor Martin later removed the ‘apology’ video which was regarded as one of the worst ever, and retained the services of a law firm called Watson LLP. The firm issued a statement on this matter to PC Invasion, which reads,
“It is important to understand that winners on the website are randomly determined by both algorithms and computer code. The odds of winning games played at CSGO Lotto are not more or less favorable to any players. The company has fail-safe measures in place to prevent any person and any player from independently changing or manipulating the outcomes of any games played,” the statement says in part. “CSGO Lotto finds it deeply troubling that statements against both the company and its owners are not supported by facts and lack a serious understanding of ‘gambling,’ as that term is legally defined. In this way, CSGO Lotto is materially different from its competitors who operate other game play websites that may, in fact, cross the line of legality.”
The deleted video was re-uploaded on YouTube by DezFPS. You can have a look at it below.