CS: GO Gaming Lawsuit Includes James “Phantomlord” Varga, CSGO Shuffle
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Originally some people may have heard about the class action lawsuit being filed against Trevor “TmarTn” Martain and his partner in crime Thomas “ProSyndicate” Cassell and their CS: GO Lotto gambling ring, along with Valve for enabling the gambling for so long without regulation. However, in a recent report it’s been made clear that YouTuber and streamer James “Phantomlord” Varga and CSGO Shuffle have also been added to the mix.

For those of you unfamiliar with James “Phantomlord” Varga and CSGO Shuffle, it was one of the sites that he was associated with along with CSGOjackpot. This was revealed in a report by e-sports journalist Richard Lewis after chatlogs had been leaked that showed connections between Varga and the gambling websites.

Valve had originally missed out on CSGO Shuffle and CSGOjackpot in their cease and desist letter that went out to various Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling sites, but it appears as if the law firms Jones Ward PLC operating from out of Louisville, Kentucky, Paul C. Whalen PC from Manhasset, New York, and Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC from Seattle, Washington, did not miss those sites.

In fact, Richard Lewis did another video report that updated the community about the progress of the lawsuit that has been filed against Valve and a number of gambling site operators and gambling sites that many feel were misleading in service operations as well as targeting minors.

Lewis managed to get in a short interview with Jasper D. Ward IV from Jones Ward PLC who explained that they’re trying to get as many different people from as many different states to join in on the class action suit against the YouTubers and the online gambling rings for potentially breaching both state and federal laws.

None of the suits that allowed gamers to gamble on skins in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had obtained gambling licenses from the districts in which they operated, and many tried to skirt the law by circumventing due process.

Lewis points to the recent press publication on Legal Newsline that covered the lawsuit’s recent advancement, which includes 30 plaintiffs from across the country.

Jasper Ward explained to Lewis that since a lot of kids under the age of 18 have been targeted by the gambling rings, they themselves cannot reach out directly to the law firms but they can have their parents reach out and get in contact with the lawyers spearheading the suit.

You can find out more by visiting Jonesward.com or by contacting them directly at csgolawsuit[at]jonesward.com.

They plan on taking the suit to trial by jury and they seek damages and restitution of all monies that were “wrongfully obtained”.

It will be interesting to see how this suit plays out, especially given how brazen and arrogant some of these YouTubers have been after they were called out for their lack of disclosure and ties to potentially illegal gambling rings.

And yes, the FTC is also well aware of all of this taking place, which may have completely separate ramifications on the YouTubers and their business partners.

(Main image courtesy of Infinity_Guardian)


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  • Hawk Hopper

    I also saw that Phantomlord hasn’t uploaded a YouTube video in a month and had his Twitch shut down (along with other guys caught doing this). He hasn’t sent out a Tweet since July, but don’t be fooled into thinking he’s keeping a low profile. As the video shows, this dude was at a party where they threw money into a pool which is something I can see Martin Scorsese putting into a movie.

    This whole CSGO/YouTuber/Valve gambling scandal is going to be interesting to see how things play out. I wonder if there would be criminal charges pressed on any of these guys. I also wonder what Valve has planned to legally throw these guys under the bus.

    • Valve would be smart to separate themselves in the lawsuit as quickly as possible. They’ll likely use the defense that they don’t control what people do with their open API technology and that when they were informed they issued the C&D letters (this is partially true).

      As for the gambling rings? There’s really no hope for them, especially if they subpoena the chat logs, which is where plenty of these guys actually acknowledged that what they were doing was illegal and tried skirting the law at every turn.

      • Hawk Hopper

        Imagine if chat logs, emails, etc, are subpoenaed and it was found out that Valve knew about the gambling all along. That would be a huge shit storm.

        • Bwahaha… now that would be gold, pure gold. I would love to see that. Gaben in a Skype group asking about the CSGO gambling pot for the day.

          Gaben: “Yo, what’s the %?”

          Site host: “17%”

          Gaben: “Aw yeah, Imma win me some skins today.”

  • Mo YaLeer

    I have lots of CS:GO skins. It’s not as crazy of a concept as you might think.
    Yea, some really cost a few cents depending on what you want,i brought cheaper skins at csgo4sale.com!Why dont you have a try?

  • Gorgon

    I still don’t get what kind of people think participating in a Counter Strike skin lottery is a good idea. It just seems like a lose-lose proposition anyway you look at it.