"Not that I'm a saint in all of this, but I guess it is just a common practice for website owners to be open and okay with proposing rigging."
- YouTube broadcaster Lewis "PsiSyndicate" Stewart.
It's been a busy week for some YouTubers who broadcast themselves gambling on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins.
After a pair of popular YouTubers were taken to task for promoting a Counter-Strike: GO item gambling website without disclosing that they owned said website, another YouTuber -- Lewis "PsiSyndicate" Stewart -- published a video admitting that he'd posted two sponsored videos promoting another CS:GO gambling hub, SteamLoto, without disclosing that the gambling he did in those videos was rigged.
What's interesting about that, for game industry watchers, is not so much the (late) disclosure itself as the documents Stewart has now shared with Eurogamer that purport to show how a SteamLoto representative reached out and offered to rig bets in exchange for promotional videos. And according to Stewart, this happens all the time.
"I have TONS more," Stewart told Eurogamer, noting that while he intends to never again take part in such a deal he has received numerous offers to do so. He also claims that he was initially uncomfortable with the notion of rigging bets and tried to work with the advancing rep to make the deal more "legit", but was rebuffed.
"[I] had plans to make it legit," Stewart told Eurogamer. "And again [the site's owner] was against that idea and wanted to rig it."
That statement is somewhat borne out by the images of the purported conversation Stewart provided, which you can find (along with further comments from Stewart) over on Eurogamer.