In October 2016, Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby were charged with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling. They decided to plead not guilty to these charges at a court in the UK, but the pair has since changed its mind. The YouTube gamers were the first to be charged with such offenses, under the comprehensive UK Gambling Act. Douglas also faced charges for encouraging underage gambling by using the YouTube channel to advertise a FIFA betting website
The Biggest Case of Skins Betting in the UK
The two YouTube gamers are the first victims in the UK Gambling Commission’s offensive against what it calls “skins” betting. In late 2016, Valve also came under scrutiny for drawing people into betting on Counter Strike Global Offensive skins. However, this is the first time that individuals are charged with running an illegal betting website. The UKGC got tough on “skins” betting and hopes that the sentencing of Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby will serve as a cautionary tale for others.
The pair decided to change the plea and Douglas admitted his role as an officer of a firm promoting gambling without the necessary license. The unlawful gambling charges are related to the FUT Galaxy betting website, where players could unlock football players for their online collections. For the part they played in running the illegal betting ring, Rigby and Douglas were fined a combined £265,000. Much of it represents prosecution costs while the fine itself consists of £24,000 for Rigby and £16,000 for Douglas.