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Twitch asks court to involve Joris Duhau in Phantoml0rd trial

Published: 10/Aug/2020 0:42 Updated: 10/Aug/2020 15:24

by Richard Lewis

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In the ongoing lawsuit against former Twitch streamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, the streaming platform petitioned the court to dismiss the case citing multiple grounds for doing so

However, despite having laid out multiple legal arguments for why the case should never see the inside of a courtroom, Twitch have also petitioned the court to issue a request that a European resident is questioned should the requests for dismissal be denied. Legal documents filed earlier in the proceedings stated the case had been delayed while Twitch located a key witness from Europe to be deposed.

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The witness in question is Joris Duhau, the man said to be Varga’s former business partner and the co-owner of the website CSGO Shuffle. It was publicly leaked Skype logs from his account that led to the discovery of the relationship and non-disclosed ownership of CSGO Shuffle, which Varga would advertise and play frequently on his Twitch stream.

The logs also suggested beyond any reasonable doubt that Varga could use his Joris’s level of access to see the outcome of roles and bet so the outcome was favorable or unfavorable to him as he wished. So far Duhau has never publicly spoken on his involvement with the site.

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The request filed with the court reads:

“Defendant Twitch Interactive, Inc. (“Twitch”) hereby respectfully requests that this Court issue a letter of request under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Letter of Request”). Specifically, Twitch requests that the Court issue the Letter of Request to facilitate testimonial and documentary evidence of Mr. Joris Duhau.

As explained further below, Mr. Duhau will be able to provide critical, first-hand evidence about Plaintiff James Varga’s (“Varga”) affiliation with CSGOShuffle, which goes to the heart of this case. Mr. Duhau is believed to be the operator of CSGOShuffle, and Varga’s former business partner. But Mr. Duhau is located in France, beyond the jurisdiction of this or any United States Court.”

There's been a new update in the PhantomLord vs Twitch case.
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Skype logs between James “Phantoml0rd” Varga (pictured) and Joris Duhau have led to a new court request from Twitch.

The document explains why Twitch believes deposing Mr. Duhau to be of great importance to the case, should it proceed to court.

It is Twitch’s belief that by having an explanation of the business operations and the activities Varga engaged in during his ownership and advertising of the site, this will justify the ban from the platform, should such justification be needed.

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The document reads: 

“In or around September 2015, during his live Twitch broadcasts, Varga started promoting a website known as CSGOShuffle. CSGOShuffle permitted individuals of any age to gamble CS:GO skins. Skins are cosmetic features that can be superimposed upon elements of the CS:GO game. A secondary-market place has developed where these skins can be cashed out on third-party websites. Valve, the publisher of CS:GO does not, under its terms, permit the secondary-market place for skin gambling and cash-outs with real-world value…

Varga’s promotions included a CS:GO skins “giveaway” in June 2016, whereby he gave away at least $100,000 worth of CS:GO skins to subscribers of his Twitch channel by referring those subscribers to CSGOShuffle. During the giveaway, Plaintiff broadcasted videos of himself playing and “winning” jackpots on CSGOShuffle. As a result, Twitch users were enticed to participate in lotteries on CSGOShuffle. As set forth below, however,

Varga and Duhau secretly conspired to rig these lotteries to their own financial benefit, a scheme which was reported by the industry press and subsequently became one of the main reasons for Varga’s termination.”

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Phantomlord was initially banned from Twitch in 2016.

The request also specifically states that interviewing Mr. Duhau isn’t just relevant to the justification of their ban but also relevant to their desire to pursue damages against Varga. Part of their claims revolve around their assertion that Varga had undertaken fraud against them.

“As part of Twitch’s fraud claim, Twitch alleges Varga misrepresented and misleadingly omitted material information about his use of and ownership interest in CSGOShuffle. Twitch also alleges that Varga failed to disclose the fact that through his ownership interest in CSGOShuffle, he was rigging jackpots and otherwise manipulating gambling results and using his ill-gotten skins to further promote CSGOShuffle on Twitch. Id. The evidence sought seeks to demonstrate this ownership interest and manipulation.

Varga also asserts in his complaint that Twitch “arbitrarily” suspended him. Twitch denies this and intends to demonstrate that its decision to suspend Varga was not arbitrary. The specifics behind Varga’s financial interest in CSGOShuffle and his manipulation of gambling on the site are highly relevant to providing this justification.”

It isn’t a guarantee the court will issue the request and doing so might be moot if the case is dismissed, however, a date has been set for a decision to be made on this matter as the 28th August.

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Should Duhau be questioned by Twitch the public will likely learn details about the operations of CSGO shuffle that were never known before. As always, Dexerto will keep you up to date with this case as it develops.

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Logan Paul mindblown after pulling rare Pokemon cards worth $3000

Published: 1/Oct/2020 13:11

by Jacob Hale

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Logan Paul has become an avid Pokemon card collector throughout the latter half of 2020, and treated fans of his Impaulsive podcast to watch him open a rare pack, the contents of which he was delighted with.

The Pokemon Trading Card Game originally got going in 1999 and now, over two decades later, is worth more than ever, with rare cards making sellers hundreds of thousands of dollars if they’ve kept their collection in good condition.

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He recently revealed some of the collection he had been building up, including a first edition shadowless Charizard that could fetch anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000 at auction.

Letting his fans into the hobby, Logan opted to buy a pack of Base Set trading cards for $500 online and opened it live on Impaulsive.

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Logan Paul 1st edition Charizard
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Logan’s 1st edition Charizard is a prized possession.

Obviously, when you’re spending $500 on a single pack of cards, you’ve got to be pretty hopeful of the results, but Paul insisted he always gets his rarest cards from the seller he bought it from.

So, he opened them and revealed each card one-by-one, including a Squirtle which he expects to fetch around $200-300, perhaps more as he believes it to have a PSA grade of 10 — or, the best condition it could possibly be.

Alongside the regular Energy cards and some more Pokemon such as Gastly and Poliwhirl, Paul also packed a Blastoise, again expecting it to be PSA graded 10/10, which he says should fetch around $2500 — meaning the total value of the individual cards could fetch around $3000 if his valuations are correct.

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Obviously, the valuations may be slightly off, but Logan has at least made his money back for this pack — and if he’s made a profit then more power to him.

There’s some serious money to be made in the Pokemon Trading Card Game now, especially as it enjoys somewhat of a resurgence of late, so it might be worth digging out those old cards and see what you’ve got laying around: you never know how much money you could be sitting on.