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Top 10 YouTube Gamer Scandals

VO: Daniel Paradis WRITTEN BY: Ty Richardson
Who knew the Gamers of YouTube were so dramatic? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 YouTube Gamer Scandals. To have your ideas turned into a WatchMojo or MojoPlays video, head over to http://WatchMojo.comsuggest and get to it!
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Top 10 YouTube Gamer Scandals

Even YouTube isn't free of drama bombs and dark secrets of celebrities. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today, we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 YouTube Gamer Scandals.

For this list, we're taking a look at some of the biggest scandals in the YouTube Gaming community. Channel Awesome and the #ChangetheChannel controversy barely escape this list, as Channel Awesome is not primarily a gaming channel.

#10: Promoting Gambling


NepentheZ & Dylan Rigby

Listen up, kids; no matter who tells you differently, gambling isn't a good habit. Craig Douglas, aka "NepentheZ", and his business partner Dylan Rigby seemed to have forgotten that life lesson when he promoted a FIFA gambling ring called FUTGalaxy. The site had no age restrictions, allowing minors to place bets on in-game events with the in-game currency as the payout. One notable victim in this scandal was a 14-year-old boy who lost over five-hundred eighty-six pounds, which equates to over seven-hundred US dollars. Douglas and Rigby ended up receiving a massive fine of two-hundred sixty-five thousand pounds, or just over three-hundred fifty US dollars!

#9: The Lawsuit from Digital Homicide


Jim Sterling

Some people just can't handle being criticized. After he reviewed "The Slaughtering Grounds", Jim Sterling found himself in a two-year feud with James and Robert Romine, the brothers who developed the game as Digital Homicide. The brothers became so enraged that they eventually filed a lawsuit against Sterling in March 2016. However, the lawsuit was filled with ridiculous claims that the Romines were trying to pass off as libel, slander, and assault. The case was dismissed with prejudice in February 2017, and Sterling soon uploaded a video that went into the case in great detail.

#8: Dream Daddy Drama


Game Grumps & OneyPlays

Not everyone was thrilled about "Dream Daddy", the first game released under the Game Grumps brand. Friends of the Grumps, Ding Dong and Julian of OneyPlays, expressed disappointment, stating the game felt like it was exploiting the LGBT community in order to make money. The criticisms weren't aimed at the Grumps, but the development team that the Grumps supported. GameGrumps member Brian Wecht would indirectly acknowledge these remarks on Twitter, with member Suzy Berhow dismissing their alleged status as beta testers. "Dream Daddy" may have been a resounding success, but it seems like OneyPlays and GameGrumps won't be collaborating again, as both channels are no longer subscribed to each other.

#7: Failure to Disclose


Machinima

Guys, in a world where almost everyone is financially supported by advertisements and marketing, it is important to disclose if your ad is a paid endorsement. The FTC has really been cracking down on catching violations, and it started to show when the current generation of consoles began. In early 2014, multi-channel network Machinima was caught endorsing the Xbox One without disclosing the fact that these endorsements were a part of paid promotional deals. This story would exist to form nothing but headlines as neither Microsoft nor Machinima suffered ay consequences, not even fines.

#6: Sexual Assault Allegations


Toby Turner, aka "Tobuscus"

In April 2016, Toby Turner found himself under several accusations made in a Tumblr post by ex-girlfriend April Fletcher, claiming Turner had drugged and raped her. Turner responded in a video shortly after, stating that the allegations are false. When another one of Turner's exes, Jaclyn Glenn, defended him, things got weird as he sent her unwanted emails, which eventually prompted her to threaten a restraining order against him. Because of all of this, he lost his voice role as Ant-Man in the "Marvel Avengers Academy" mobile game, and his book deal for a young adult novel was dropped. In June 2018, two years after the allegations, Turner uploaded a video explaining his side of the story.

#5: Rumors of Pedophilia


Bashurverse

If you aren't aware of his work, Brandon Ashur (better known as "Bashurverse") is a popular YouTuber among the Minecraft community, particularly with younger audiences. When he tried to join a group with SkyDoesMinecraft in early 2015, a background check showed he had inappropriately messaged a minor when he was 18. Although he tried explaining the situation to his fans, the infamous Keemstar quickly called him a liar, which prompted many people to start labeling Ashur a pedophile. This was enough for him to upload a mental breakdown video, stating he's quitting YouTube. However, he soon started uploading again, and the scandal died down after some thorough explanations.

#4: Misinformed Politics


JonTron

In January 2017, Jon Jafari (aka "JonTron") came under fire after making some controversial remarks about racism and immigration. The backlash grew worse after debating with Twitch streamer Destiny about his viewpoints in March 2017. Some of his comments involved concern over white people becoming a minority, and his claims were often flawed or caused the conversation to derail into other subjects. This would result in him losing a voiceover role he had in "Yooka-Laylee", and he would no longer be an active member for NormalBoots. In November 2017, Jafari would go on a podcast with h3h3, admitting he was ill-prepared while discrediting himself with, "I'm just a comedian."

#3: Dropping the "N" Bomb


PewDiePie

You would think for someone as famous as he is, PewDiePie would watch his mouth, especially when most of his fans are children. Although Pewds has been in hot water before (with the whole fiverr thing that cost him his show and got him dropped by Disney), this was equally horrible. While playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on a public livestream, PewDiePie became frustrated with an enemy player and dropped the N-bomb in front of millions of viewers. He, later, uploaded an apology video, saying it was a "heat of the moment" thing and "there was no excuse for it". Yet, he gave an excuse, anyways, and suffered no consequences. Just look at his subscriber count.

#2: A Sexual Predator in Minecraft


LionMaker

Marcus Wilton, aka "LionMaker", was a well-established "Minecraft" YouTuber with a young fan base over six-hundred-thousand subscribers. In June 2015, Wilton had Skype'd with a 12-year-old girl, asking her to send him nude photos. Responding to the accusations, Wilton stated he must have been hacked as he had spent a night in jail during the time of the messages. A few months later, in December 2015, Wilton had tweeted out that he had sexual relations with a minor on Skype. No charges were ever made against Wilton, but his Twitter has been absent since January 2016, and his channel has been deleted.

#1: CS:GO Lotto


TmarTn & The Syndicate Project

In July 2016, Trevor Martin and Thomas Cassell claimed that they were approached by a "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" skin-gambling site named CS:GO Lotto to promote it to their audience. When they were discovered to actually be the site's owners, Martin would desperately try to spin the controversy, which obviously failed. The FTC would take action against them, but the results amounted to nothing. In September 2017, the two reached an agreement with the FTC that they would be more transparent in the future. Reuploads of Martin's videos can be found here and there. As for Cassell, at least a dozen of his CS:GO Lotto videos are still up, and none of them disclose his ownership of the site.
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