UK courts prosecute first-ever case involving online video game gambling


A British court case have arisen recently concerning gambling and online gaming that could set precedents for such future activities.

In the UK, two men have been charged under the Gambling Act with the country’s first-ever prosecution concerning video game betting. Dylan Rigby and Craig Douglas are being tried with promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling in an online FIFA title using in-game coins.

A separate charge against Douglas, the YouTube star operating under the name of NepentheZ, accuses him of inviting children to gamble as he did not post a warning that the better was for people ages 18 and older. The court case is expected to reconvene on October 14th.

This follows a summer when increased legal scrutiny and public pressure has been applied to sites and individuals that allegedly have been running gambling rings with online games such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Source: VG247, BBC. Thanks Gibbins, BrotherMaynard!
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