PAGCOR will look into online betting games linked to “Battle of the Youtubers”
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will look into online betting games linked to “Battle of the Youtubers” events wherein social media influencers matched up in sports such as basketball and boxing.
On Friday, PAGCOR said that it would look into reports of online sports betting involving YouTubers.
According to PAGCOR chairperson Andrea Domingo, she only learned about the scheme through Deputy Speaker Bienvenido Abante Jr. and her agency didn’t issue licenses to such activities.
“I really appreciate you [Abante] sharing it with us, so I am going to have somebody look into it very closely,” Domingo said.
She added that such activities should be reported to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Domingo’s statement came after Deputy Speaker Bienvenido Abante Jr. talked about “Battle of the YouTubers” during the briefing called by the House appropriations committee on the proposed 2022 national budget.
According to Abante, there’s an online betting activity that’s gaining prominence called “Battle of the YouTubers” wherein the bets reached up to PHP 2 million per event.
“May sumisikat na online betting na tinatawag na ‘Battle of the YouTubers’ na kung saan umaabot sa up to P2 million ang taya per event. Nagkakaroon sila ng once a week event for the past six months now. At dito po hindi mga manok ang naglalaban kundi mga YouTube influencers na karamihan ay mga kabataan through live basketball and boxing matches,” he said.
Abante also said that bettors only needed to register using their mobile number and needed to cash in via GCash amounting to PHP 200 once registered, adding that the minimum amount to bet was PHP 100.