James Varga who goes by the name of "PhantomL0rd" has seen his Twitch account shut down in the wake of more evidence for rigging events on pseudo-gambling site CSGo Shuffle.
Varga was one of Twitch's biggest draws with over 1.3m followers - the 7th biggest on the site so it is no small feat for the company to strip his channel from their own site (and therefore their own profits).
Varga has been caught up in a storm of controversy after it became very suspicious of his involvement in the website CSGo Shuffle. He is apparently a co-owner of the site and essentially receives money by producing content about it. He is also able to control the outcome of the "lottery" and can force the win on his side. YouTuber Richard Lewis goes into more detail here and things are pretty uncomfortable.
Varga is not the first user to be embroiled in this problem. Youtubers Trevor "TmarTn" Martin and Tom "Syndicate" Cassell are also "guilty of a similar issue on the site they own, CSGo Lotto. However, both of these YouTubers seem to have come off relatively unscathed (thus far). There's a great article on Eurogamer which you can read here.
The issue here comes down to two things in both scenarios:
1. The YouTubers are "lying" to their fans by not disclosing the fact that they are involved in the companies they are promoting. It is an unbiased opinion in a position of influence and the people watching are being exploited for their trust of the personality.
2. The owners of the site can then fix the lottery so they YouTuber wins and it seems achievable for anyone. in reality, this is pure gambling and luck of the draw.
I'm not a CSGo expert at all. I barely understand the mechanics of the lottery working but in the same way that a YouTuber is required to state whether something is a paid placement. If you part own a company you shouldn't be promoting it as if that isn't the case.