Twitch counter-sues broadcaster over potential affiliation with CS:GO gambling site

Twitch counter-sues broadcaster over potential affiliation with CS:GO gambling site

Former Twitch partner James 'Phantoml0rd' Varga has been counter-sued by Twitch, after an attempt to sue the platform himself back in February.

Varga has been banned from the platform multiple times for violating partner guidelines and Twitch's terms of service. The streamer initially aimed to sue Twitch for 'significant monetary damages' caused by his inability to stream during his bans.

The most prominent of his offences was frequently featuring CSGOShuffle, a site that allows Counter Strike players to gamble for in-game skins. It was reported that Varga was allegedly one of the owners of the gambling site, and was using his broadcasts to promote the product without disclosing his involvement.


Twitch's countersuit details conversations between the two parties, suggesting that Varga is aware of his own offenses and involvement with CSGOShuffle.

A paragraph from the document reads: "Twitch is informed and believes that Mr. Varga also used his ownership interest in CSGOShuffle to rig results in his favour, using data generated by a CSGOShuffle algorithm to rig the outcome of the skin lottery jackpots."

As you may remember, popular creators Tom 'Syndicate' Cassel and Trevor 'Tmartn' Martin were embroiled in a similar scandal two years ago. The pair got away with a slap on the wrist, but it did lead the FTC to revise its guidelines on disclosure, which is something.

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Danielle Partis is Editor of She was previously the lead content creator for TeamRock Games, as well as contributing to outlets such as Metal Hammer, both online and in-print. Prior to that, Danielle worked as a freelance PR consultant and freelance journalist for a number of outlets.


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