Tmartn Lashes Out At Honorthecall On Twitter
29th Jul 2016 11:38:35 AM
Two days ago, YouTuber HonorTheCall, known for his work exposing TmarTn as one of the owners of CSGOLotto, uploaded a new video showing what was happening behind the scenes while he was investigating the CSGOLotto story. The video shows an email HTC (HonorTheCall) received from a "Trevor Martin" at the address [email protected], which is TmarTn's official business email, and is publicly available. The email told HTC that he would pay him $1000 to take down the video in which he exposed TmarTn, and put out a new video saying he lied to get views. HTC also has screenshots from his and TmarTn's conversation on Skype in his video, where TmarTn says he believes CSGOLotto is legal.
Yesterday, TmarTn hit back at HTC on Twitter, first sharing a video claiming that the email HTC received was spoofed. This seems highly likely, since emails between two gmail accounts should always be encrypted. That would also explain why the email warned HTC not to respond. However, Gmail will typically detect spoofed emails as spam, and will give you a notice saying "This message may not have been sent by: [email protected]." We confirmed this by testing popular email spoofing websites. HTC hit back at TmarTn, saying that the spoofed email could have been a ploy to cover his tracks.
TmarTn also sent out a screenshot from the beginning of his Skype conversation with HTC, saying "All of these 'Skype logs' he's showing: he agreed to keep them confidential. Breach of Privacy Law? You decide. Regardless, at this point it's just grabbing at air hoping to stay relevant. Milk it baby! #anythingforthesubsandviews." Ryan Morrison, also known as Video Game Attorney, said in a Tweet that HTC broke no laws by releasing Skype messages after asking to keep them private. Many other Twitter users hit back at TmarTn, calling him a "scammer," while others Tweeted messages of support to the embattled YouTuber.
Last night, HTC uploaded a short new video, saying that he will not be showing any new messages from the Skype chat until he is sure he will not be sued by TmarTn. He also says that in the messages he was planning on showing TmarTn does threaten him with legal action and offered to collaborate on a video for HTC's channel to show that the two "get along." HTC is in contact with legal counsel from attorney Ryan Morrison.
Our understanding of the CSGOLotto situation is that HTC has been operating within the bounds of the law, and any lawsuits filed against HTC would be baseless. It seems to many that TmarTn is now getting desperate, trying to save his reputation and his channel, which now receives more than 50% dislikes on each new video, and has lost thousands of subscribers since the scandal broke. However, more threats against HTC is likely to change nothing at this point, since we do have proof that TmarTn owned CSGOLotto and did not disclose his ownership of the site.
Leafyishere Slams Fouseytube In New Video
20th Jul 2016 10:47:11 AM
Yesterday, LeafyIsHere slammed fouseyTUBE in a new rant video. This is the second such video he has made about fouseyTUBE this week. This rant video is just some of the continuing fallout from fouseyTUBE's recent crusade against YouTube drama channels. Part of this crusade included creating a fake fight video with fellow YouTuber RiceGum, which many called out as fake, including the big 3 news channels. This wouldn't be the first time fouseyTUBE faked pranks, however, and in fact he made a video exposing his own fake pranks shortly after calling out drama channels.
In the video, LeafyIsHere criticizes fouseyTUBE for many things, including comparing himself to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, as well as calling himself the Tupac of YouTube. He also says that both RiceGum and fouseyTUBE faked this fight merely for money, views, and subscribers. He also says that fouseyTUBE is experiencing a "mid-life crisis" and called him narcissistic. Leafy also says that the final straw was fousey's recent video, where he visits a fans with cancer. Leafy suggests that fousey only visited the cancer-stricken child in order to make himself look better.
Many other YouTubers have called out fouseyTUBE as being a "hypocrite" and a "liar," with many crediting fouseyTUBE with destroying the entire genre of pranks on YouTube, because he popularized fake pranks, and other channels had to start faking pranks too to keep up. Although there was relatively little backlash against fouseyTUBE, as more and more big YouTubers have spoken out against him, the hate against him has grown in the past few days.
New Csgowild Scandal Details Come To Light
19th Jul 2016 11:46:39 AM
We reported recently on allegations that members of gaming group FaZe Clan were owners of a CSGO gambling site known as CSGOWild. Now it seems that new evidence in the CSGO betting scandal has been brought to light, once again by YouTuber HonorTheCall. HonorTheCall recently published a series of videos exposing TmarTn as the owner of CSGOLotto.
He has since published two videos about the ownership of CSGOWild, visible here and here. The first video explores leaked messages from PhantomL0rd, as well as research done by a Reddit user, while the second video contains leaked skype messages from a designer FaZe Banks hired to work on the site. HonorTheCall also shows a clip of a leaked argument on Skype between Rain and Banks, where Banks clearly states "Who got you on the CSGOWild deal?"
We here at GGRekt have also been investigating the situation ourselves, and have been unable to find any corporate information online whatsoever, other than a notice in the Antigua and Barbuda Official Gazette (On page 9) that Team Wild Incorporated was incorporated on December 28th, 2015. The Financial Services Regulatory Commission did not respond to our requests for comment concerning the corporate documents. Furthermore, we have been unable to find any trademarks registered to CSGOWild or Team Wild Incorporated, either in the US, or Antigua. Both jurisdictions have publicly searchable trademark registries.
Today CSGOWild publicly addressed the allegations that FaZe was involved in the ownership of CSGOWild, claiming that the allegations were false, saying that only Gagey and his brother Zach own the company. They also offered the incorporation documents, which are only accessible with a password, which we reached out to the owner of CSGOWild to acquire, but we have yet to receive a response. The statement says that the real corporate name of CSGOWild is Team Wild Incorporated, which was previously exposed by HonorTheCall. They also say that after CSGOWild ceased operations in the US, they stopped sponsoring FaZe members, as well as other YouTubers and Streamers. Finally, they also address why they incorporated in Antigua, saying that it was to take advantage of favorable tax and gambling laws.
Both FaZe Rain and Banks responded to the allegations via Twitter, both reiterating that they own FaZe Clan and nothing else.
At this point it seems much more likely that FaZe members were merely sponsored by CSGOWild, and did not own the website itself. Whether or not FaZe members do in fact own CSGOWild, they have made a lot of money off the site through sponsorships, which was confirmed by CSGOWild in their statement today. However, there is still a possibility that FaZe members might at least be co-owners of the site. PhantomL0rd, who was recently exposed as the owner of CSGOShuffle, said in leaked messages that CSGOWild was owned by the "faze cod guys." He also knew that ProSyndicate was an owner of CSGOLotto long before the story broke. We also know now that FaZe Banks was directly involved in hiring designers and web developers to work on the site, which was confirmed in CSGOWild's statement, and a Tweet by FaZe Banks from October 3rd, 2015. FaZe Rain also replied to this Tweet saying "We're talking good $$$," showing that he was aware of the situation too. You can view it here.
While FaZe members were sponsored by the site, they did not disclose this information until very recently. Some have yet to update their video descriptions altogether. In a video by FaZe Blaziken, in which the sponsorship is not disclosed, he clearly shows that Gagey, owner of CSGOWild, gave him a $500 knife. However, in that same video, Blaziken clearly states that Rain gave him the knife to bet on the site. Here is a screenshot of the trade.
We will continue to monitor the CSGOWild situation and provide updates as needed.
Ricegum And Fouseytube Stage Fake Fight Video
12th Jul 2016 10:29:37 PM
Over the past day or so, YouTubers fouseyTUBE and RiceGum appeared to be feuding over Twitter, sending attacks back and forth to each other. Yesterday RiceGum even uploaded a phone-recorded video that appeared to show RiceGum punching fouseyTUBE in the face, which got tens of thousands of retweets. This drama was reported on by other news outlets like Scarce and DramaAlert, however, today it was revealed that the fight was faked.
In a video titled "Why RiceGum Punched Me... EXPOSED!" fouseyTUBE shows the planning that took place behind the scenes to pull off the elaborate collaboration. It appears the motivation to create this fake fight was to deliberately trick one of the many YouTube drama channels into reporting it as real news. Sure enough, all the major YouTube news channels picked up the story, although Keemstar said in a video that he believed it was fake. In fouseyTUBE's video he proceeds to go on a rant about how terrible YouTube drama is, and how he believes the people reporting it are the problem.
However, despite fouseyTUBE's apparent distaste for YouTube drama, his attempt to create fake drama has helped grow his audience by over 57,000 subscribers over the last 24 hours, one of the largest increases in his channel's history. This may very well be in part thanks to reporting by the very YouTube news channels he criticizes in his video.
Csgo Gambling Scandal Widens With New Allegations
6th Jul 2016 10:35:15 PM
Earlier this week, YouTubers TmarTn and ProSyndicate admitted they own stakes in CSGO skin betting website CSGOLotto, and promoted the website on their channels without informing their viewers they were owners. Attorney Ryan Morrison, who specializes in video game law, said in an interview that TmarTn and ProSyndicate did in fact violate FTC regulations on endorsements. CSGOLotto is also an unregulated gambling operator in the United States, which apparently does not follow necessary regulations for operating an online gambling site. Many people, including H3H3 Productions, speculated that the pair may have also manipulated the results of the betting they did on their own website, which is in fact illegal. YouTuber HonorTheCall found the corporate filings for CSGOLotto, proving that not only was TmarTn a partial owner of the site, but that he was in fact the person who incorporated the company to begin with.
Earlier today, the gambling scandal got even bigger when Twitter user @Eight_Thoughts uploaded a video alleging that FaZe Rain and FaZe Banks were owners of CSGOWild, another CSGO betting site they frequently feature on their channels. In the video he alleges that the pair ran the same operation that TmarTn did, and set up shell companies to ensure no one found out. CSGOWild's website claims that they are based out of Antigua and Barbuda, a country that is a known haven for online gambling and tax evasion. While GGRekt cannot verify these allegations, the fact that the company was incorporated in a known gambling and tax haven is deeply troubling to many fans.
Valve Corporation, the company that produced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, was recently implicated in a major lawsuit alleging they allowed the online gambling around their game to take place and that they were profiting from illegal gambling. The CSGO gambling industry is expected to be worth $7.4 billion this year alone, with much of that revenue being generated by minors. CSGOWild recently discontinued its gambling operations in the United States, leading many to wonder if it was in response to this lawsuit.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide further updates as needed.
Nadeshot Visits The Faze House
2nd Jul 2016 05:31:09 PM
Popular YouTube gamer and former Call of Duty world champion Nadeshot, known for his longtime membership in OpTic Gaming and ownership of 100 Thieves, recently visited the FaZe House. Nadeshot has already posted 3 videos from his visit, explaining that FaZe invited him to the house. The move left some fans to wonder if he might join FaZe clan in the future, after a rough start for his team 100 Thieves. Others voiced their frustration at his cooperation with FaZe, as they are longtime OpTic rivals.
The videos Nadeshot uploaded from his visit show him playing basketball and soccer with the guys at the FaZe House, as well as asking the FaZe members questions for a vlog. His trip to the FaZe house still isn't over, so there will likely be more videos in the coming days.
FaZe Censor also sparked confusion among fans after tweeting out a picture of 7 FaZe members with Nadeshot with the caption "Dinner with FaZe." Because Nadeshot was wearing a FaZe clan shirt in the photo, many speculated that he had joined Faze. However, as he explains in one of his videos, he was only wearing the FaZe shirt to match the rest of the guys he was there with.