UK YouTuber changes plea to guilty over FIFA coin gambling, says it's been the worst year of his life

British FIFA YouTuber Craig “NepentheZ” Douglas and business partner Dylan Rigby have pleaded guilty to promoting unlawful gambling on a FIFA coins website.
They previously pleaded not guilty last October – as outlined in this article by PCGamesN.
The pair ran the FUT Galaxy website which allowed users to bet FIFA coins on real life football matches, and sell coins on an online black market for money.
Dylan Rigby (who lives in Colchester) will have to pay £174,000 and Nepenthez (from Dorset) is set to pay £91,000 overall, including prosecution costs and fines, according to PCGamesN.
It is the first time the UK Gambling Commission has prosecuted over a gambling site tied in with currency from a video game, the BBC reports.
As reported by The Guardian, District judge Jack McGarva said: “Children were gambling on your site. It’s impossible for me to know how many or the effect on them.
“In my opinion, both of you were aware of the use of the site by children and the attractiveness of it to children. At the very least, you both turned a blind eye to it.”
NepentheZ wrote a long apology in series of tweets.
He said: “The worst year of my life concluded today. I owe a huge apology and debt of gratitude to my loyal supporters. Even if this is the end of our journey together, I’m grateful.”

It’s a landmark ruling in the area of video game-based online gambling, which has become an increasingly hot topic over the past year following the CSGO Lotto scandal.


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