Some of the major YouTube channels receive criticism from their fans and other creators of the platform as they promote a company that calls itself "Mistery Brand".
Both Jake Paul and Brian Le (from the RiceGum channel) have submitted advertising videos while Other channels claim to have rejected $ 100,000 offered by the company to make these videos.
This is the case with the well-known YouTuber Daniel Keem, better known as "Keemstar". In a tweet, he says he was offered $ 100,000 to promote this site, but decided not to accept it and thus not promote a side-by-side bet for the younger ones.
First big story in 2019!
I was offered $ 100k to do the same and took almost cash. (But didn't) So I can't go so hard on them.
- KEEP ? (@KEEMSTAR) January 2, 2019
Loot boxes in real life
Let's not forget it Jake Paul is a YouTuber with over 17 million followers, most of which are teenagers. In his video, he says "we need thousands of dollars in mysterious boxes".
The operation of this site is simple: Jake Paul logs on to the platform and spends $ 5,000 in mysterious virtual boxes that can hold anything from an iPhone case to a Lamborghini Centenario (value $ 2.5 million).
Mysterious boxes can be worth it from $ 2.49 to a huge $ 1,300. Mystery Box ensures that once you have achieved the price, they send it directly to your home.
They say you can win from an iPhone case to a Lamborghini Centenario
As we can see, this company mimics the phenomenon of the boxing box so common in the world of video games. This practice is hated by many players, and several countries (including Spain) have already joined to fight them.
Many YouTube users and Reddit users have used it they assure it is "a scam"when they have been waiting for weeks for their price to arrive and they have not received anything yet.
Both in the video by Jake Paul and Brian Le, very juicy prizes (such as Nike Air Max 97 Off-White Black Tennis, valued at $ 835) appear. Anyway, a Reddit user who won a sweatshirt complaint about that he got a fake t-shirt.
As this Reddit user explains, Mystery Brand offers "unbranded items" along with "authentic items", something not mentioned at all times in the videos of Jake Paul or Brian Le.
Some users complain that they have received nothing or that they have received fakes
As usually happens in this type of gaming platforms, the goal is to capture users by offering boxes with a relatively low price. Anyway The odds of winning something are really slim (some of only 0.0000018 percent), making the impressive audience end up hanging out and losing a lot of money.
As if it was not enough, according to the company's service We found a sentence that raises even more doubts about its operation, as it already makes it clear that we may not receive the products we have won.
"While using web services, you can find circumstances where your won goods will not be received."
It is quite worrying that channels with such a large audience (and above all so many young audiences) sponsor game platforms with a rather suspicious scheme. If it really confirms it's a scam, YouTube must do something about it and punish it somehow.