Second Counter-Strike skins lawsuit filed, targets TmarTn and ProSyndicate
After a series of varyingly sincere apologies, Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Thomas "ProSyndicate" Cassell might have thought they had put the CS:GO Lotto scandal behind them. But now the two personalities have been named in a second class action lawsuit relating to the skin betting industry.
TmarTn, who also owns an equity stake in top esports franchise EnVyUs, and ProSyndicate were both in the firing line over the past week. They failed to disclose they owned skin gambling site CSGO Lotto, despite making numerous videos that showed them winning money on the site.
TmarTn, who claimed in an earlier video that he had "found" the site, caught most of the criticism. Making things worse, he issued two videos and one TwitLonger to apologize, all of which he later deleted.
The pair have now been named in a Florida class action suit along with their company CSGO Lotto, which is registered in Florida, and Counter-Strike developer Valve. The suit also mentions other sites, such as CSGO Lounge and CSGO Diamonds, but only Lotto is listed as a defendant.
The suit was filed yesterday by an anonymous mother on behalf of her son, a minor. According to the filing, TmarTn and ProSyndicate “actively promote Lotto as a gambling service, including to minors.”
Like the first lawsuit, the plaintiffs blame Valve for creating the gambling marketplace by allowing players to link their Steam accounts to these third party sites. The plaintiff claims that her son used her credit card to buy skins specifically for the purpose of gambling, without her knowing that the skins would be used in this way.