British YouTuber in ‘FIFA’ video game lottery scandal pleads not guilty

The wheels of justice have started turning for the two British men indicted for video game gambling offenses as they entered a “not guilty” plea during their arraignment.

YouTube star Craig Douglas and Dylan Rigby both pleaded not guilty to the charges of promoting a lottery and advertising unlawful gambling before the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday, according to a BBC News report.

Douglas, who also goes by “Nepenthez,” is a prominent gamer with 1.3 million followers on his YouTube channel.  A separate case was filed against Douglas for allegedly inviting children to gamble by advertising a gambling website connected to EA Sport’s FIFA.

This is the first time that British authorities are prosecuting persons for their involvement in video game betting. The case has been adjourned until 6 February 2017, when the court will hold a hearing expected to last a week.

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