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FIFA Gamers In UK Charged With Illegal Gambling

Historic Case Comes As Country Tries To Crack Down On Video Game Betting

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Two British “YouTubers” have been charged with illegal and unregulated gambling on the video game FIFA, according to a report from the BBC.

The report said it is believed to be the first prosecution of its kind in the country, which is trying to crack down on gambling on video games via the Internet.

Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby, who are both from Essex, are accused of promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling through their YouTube videos. They are due back in court in mid-October.

Douglas said on his Twitter: “I appreciate those who has reserved judgment without the full story, but fully understand those who haven’t.”

FIFA is a soccer game franchise from EA Sports.

It’s estimated that the global market in betting on video games is worth as much as $5.2 billion. The United Kingdom does regulate betting on sports via the Internet.