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UPDATE 12.05pm: The UK Betting Commission, which helped bring this case to court, now intervenes in its own words about the YouTuber sentence Craig "Nepenthez" Douglas:


"This was one of the most serious cases that has been investigated and prosecuted by the Commission," said its chief Sarah Harrison. "Its seriousness is reflected in the important economic sanctions imposed by the judge.

"The defendants knew that the children used the site and that their behavior was illegal, but they turned a blind eye to achieving substantial gains." The effect on children of online gambling was described by the Court as "horrible" and "serious".

"All websites that offer gaming services in Britain must have a license, it is the only way that children and vulnerable people can be protected." This case shows that we will use the full range of our legal powers to investigate and prosecute individuals and companies that try to operate illegally. "

UPDATE 11.30am: YouTuber Craig "Nepenthez" Douglas was ordered to pay fines and 91k costs, while his business partner Dylan Rigby was told to pay 174k.


The fines are not minimal, but it is reported that FUT Galaxy has obtained 96k gains between July 2015 and February 2016, at the expense of the players that Douglas attracted to the site.

Economic sanctions also come in place of possible prison sentences.

The Guardian was informed that Douglas and Rigby were reprimanded in court for the time they operated the site and allowed the children to participate.

The jurors heard how a 14-year-old boy lost 586 in a single day.

Video evidence from the Nepenthez channel also showed Douglas telling viewers: "You do not have to be 18 years old for this, because it's a virtual currency."

UPDATE 7/2/17 9.30 am: YouTuber Craig "Nepenthez" Douglas has suggested that he will pay a "substantial" fine but will avoid imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of illegal gambling.


According to the same Douglas, who last night updated his fans of 1.4 million through Twitter after arriving home after his appearance in court.

"I will upload a video in due time by presenting my side of the story, and I am guilty of two counts and a substantial fine was the result," he wrote in Twitter.

"The worst year of my life ended today, I have a lot to say, but it will take the trial I need from the press," he added.

"I want to thank all those who have supported me on my trip, I would understand any option of the spectators of not seeing my content anymore, I owe a great apology and a debt of gratitude to my loyal followers, even if this is the end of Our trip together, I'm grateful. "

Both Douglas and his business partner Dylan Rigby will be formally sentenced later today.

The pair had an unregulated gambling website, FUT Galaxy, which used FIFA Ultimate Team coins as currency. There are more details in our original story below:

ORIGINAL HISTORY 6/2/17 5:30 PM: The prominent British profile YouTuber Craig "Nepenthez" Douglas pleaded guilty to crimes under the Gaming Act of the United Kingdom.


Douglas, 32, and his business partner, Dylan Rigby, 33, were in court today to change their pleas. Both had previously said they were innocent of promoting a lottery, announcing illegal gambling and inviting children to gamble (as reported by BBC News).

The case, which is still ongoing, is the first in the legal history of the United Kingdom to focus on a betting website connected to a video game.

Douglas ran FUT Galaxy, a site that allows users to bet with the currency of FIFA. He also made videos showing that he earned thousands of pounds, in which he encouraged his 1.4 million subscribers to play as well.

The evidence obtained at the time suggested that Douglas had not disclosed his ownership of the site. The spectators also questioned the accuracy and impartiality of the bets that were shown to him winning.

The UK Gaming Commission intervened and charged both men at the end of last year.

It follows a similar incident that sparked headlines earlier this year that involved fellow YouTubers Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "ProSyndicate" Cassell, though none have been charged yet.

Both Douglas and Rigby will be sentenced when the case resumes tomorrow.