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Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Thomas ‘Syndicate’ Cassell escape fines for promoting CSGO lottery site they owned

Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin and Thomas ‘Syndicate’ Cassell, two of the part-owners of CS:GO gambling site CSGOLotto, have reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It’s the equivilent of a slap on the wrist for the pair, who faced backlash from the community for advertising their CS:GO gambling site …

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Amazon ordered to repay in-app purchases

A Seattle judge has ruled that Amazon must repay in-app purchases made without consent on Kindle and Android devices between 2011 and 2014. The decision is a result of a successful FTC lawsuit, although its calls for a lump sum refund of over $25m was rejected for being ‘too high’. …

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PewDiePie asserts FTC Shadow of Mordor innocence, says press is ‘literally insignificant’

YouTube sensation PewDiePie has defended his association with Warner Bros’ Shadow of Mordor promotion, and attacked the press for embroiling him in the controversy. Earlier this week Warner was slammed by the FTC for not insisting that YouTubers disclosed their paid sponsorship for Shadow of Mordor coverage. Among those involved …

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Warner paid PewDiePie and other YouTubers to praise Shadow of Mordor

The FTC has lambasted Warner Bros after it was discovered that it paid hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars” to a number of YouTubers to praise its Lord of the Rings title Shadow of Mordor. Recode reports that Warner paid agency Plaid Social Labs to create sponsored videos for …

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Machinima and FTC call peace on deceptive advertising complaint

The US Federal Trade Commission has agreed a final consent order with Machinima about the network’s future paid endorsements. In September last year the FTC ruled that Machinima was guilty of ‘deceptive advertising’ after it found that the network paid some YouTubers up to $30k to produce Xbox One videos …

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FTC takes first ever action against failed Kickstarter

Failed Kickstarters, take note – not fulfilling your commitments is no longer consequence free. The Federal Trade Commission in the US has for the first time taken action over a failed Kickstarter campaign – a board game called The Doom That Came to Atlantic City. In 2012 creator Erik Chevalier …

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Sony settles with FTC, to refund Vita customers over false advertising

Sony Computer Entertainment America has settled with the FTC over false and misleading advertisement charges involving PS Vita’s launch campaign. As part of the settlement, Sony will offer partial refunds to Vita customers who purchased the device prior to June 1st, 2012. Qualifying individuals will have their choice between a …

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Now FTC targets Google, demands $19m in IAP refunds

Google has become the latest company to be targeted by the Federal Trade Commission regarding accidental microtransactions. With Apple and Amazon having already faced action, Google is now being asked to hand over $19m to refund app buyers whose children have unwittingly paid for in-app purchases. The amount covers IAPs …

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