After an investigation, the FTC has decided not to impose any fines on Martin and Cassel, who have instead agreed to disclose any endorsements going forward.
Notably, the FTC's decision does not require Martin and Cassel to admit any wrong-doing over the pair's promotion of CSGOLotto.
The YouTubers' failure to disclose their interests in CSGOLotto violates YouTube guidelines and has also called into question the authenticity of the videos; it has been suggested the pair's ownership of the site may have allowed them to fix the outcome of bets in order to stage wins and thus encourage viewers to use the website.
In addition, the FTC's report states that Martin and Cassell also ran an "influencer program," which paid other YouTubers between $2,500 and $55,000 to promote CSGOLotto while avoiding saying anything negative about the site.
TmarTn and ProSyndicate's audiences--which together total over 13 million users--include a number of children, leading to the pair's promotion of a gambling site drawing further criticism.
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