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Two UK Men Prosecuted for eSports Gambling Violations

In what is believed to be a first in the world event, the United Kingdom has announced that they have begun the prosecution of two men who are believed to have been promoting unlawful eSports gambling.

The announcement was made through the UK Gambling Commission to the BBC, who revealed that Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas are being charged with promoting a lottery and unlawful gambling, while Douglas is also being pursued on charges of attempting to get children to gamble. The two are thought to have operated a venture that saw them dealing virtual skins in the game Counter Strike, which can be used as a gambling currency in the game.

The UKGC is urging parents to be aware of the activity, as it leaves children particularly vulnerable to underage betting.

eSports is a new and booming sector throughout the world, as professional video game players compete in tournaments that are spectated by millions of people online and in person. The "sport" has drawn in a series of gambling companies, who are taking action on some of the biggest events.

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6 October 2016 - 11:31pm
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while Douglas is also being pursued on charges of attempting to get children to gamble.

That sounds very serious already,not that the other allegations against those are not but now the parents couldn't be sure what their kids exactly doing even if they are in their own rooms playing Counter Strike.

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7 October 2016 - 1:04am
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Its not really playing Counter Strike. When people play CS they are awarded "skins" which are graphics files that they can then trade for other stuff on this virtual marketplace in Steam. (Yeah yeah I don't get why you would want to do this either). But Steam opened up their API to allow third party sites to do stuff with these skins. So some enterprising people created websites where you could "deposit" your skins and play blackjack or other gambling games in order to try to win more skins. And this is where it has lead.

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7 October 2016 - 10:16pm
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Thanks for the explanation Ed, never been a CS obsessed my self but of course there are million of kids who are and I guess they shouldn't betting.....even skins.

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