Team EnVyUs co-owners and managing partners Mike "Hastr0" Rufail and Tyler Thompson have released a statement clarifying Trevor "TmarTn" Martin's ownership stake in the company, following news that TmarTn is an owner of the CS:GO skin lottery website CSGOLotto.com.
EnVyUs clarified that they "gave a small amount of equity to Trevor in return for his advisement and support of our video content on the YouTube network."
"However, we did not prioritize the growth of our YouTube channels or social media channels over fielding winning teams and building a support infrastructure for our players," EnVyUs said. "To this day, our organization focuses on competition first and Trevor has not made any financial contribution or investment into our company."
"Additionally, Trevor has never been involved in the operational or decision making process of our team or company. He is not a managing partner, does not sit on our board and has a very small, minority stake in the business that operates Team EnVyUs."
The statement also says that neither EnVyUs nor its managing partners had any involvement with CSGOLotto, and that they will "investigate further."
CSGOLotto is a website where players can gamble their weapon skins in order to try and win more skins from other players in 50-50 coin flip duels. According to documents cited by HonorTheCall, TmarTn is a co-owner and president of the company. h3h3 and HonorTheCall accused TmarTn and another YouTuber, TheSyndicateProject, of creating videos to promote CSGOLotto without disclosing their interest in the site. h3h3 also suggests the two YouTubers may have shown staged bets on their streams to convince viewers they could earn large returns.
In a statement on TwitLonger that has since been deleted, TmarTn said that he wished that he was "more upfront about owning the site" and that it was "always public info but I was never very outspoken about it."
The accusations follow on the heels of a class action lawsuit filed against Valve, alleging that the company has been complicit in sustaining skin-betting markets like CSGO Lounge, CSGO Diamonds and OPSkins. The suit claims these and other third-party sites constitute “an illegal online gambling market” that targets underage bettors. It alleges that Valve is "affirmatively supporting" these sites by allowing users to connect their Steam accounts and transfer their skins directly to them, and that Valve is earning a percentage of transactions made by these sites.
CSGOLotto is not named specifically in the lawsuit, but players using CSGOLotto can can also transfer their skins directly from Steam to bet with.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.