This comprehensive overview outlines Jason Drummond’s clear negligence in the operations of GMGT. It also highlights potential fraud, misfeasance, and clear neglect of a company officer’s fiduciary duties. In summary, this article shows how Jason Drummond has most recently caused losses in excess of $18,000,000 to investors. These losses form part of a trend which goes back over two decades to the year 2000 when many investors in Drummond’s first public company, Virtual Internet, lost most of the value of their investment.
The establishment of GMGT
After running Gametech UK Limited into the ground in 2017, Jason Drummond conspired with wanted and convicted criminals Daniel Ferris and Ronald Bauer, who sought to acquire the assets of Gametech UK with the assistance Oliver Willett of Epsilon Investments Pte Ltd and Jason Smart of Fairfax Capital BV and Ashington Innovation Plc.
Jason Kingsley Drummond (above)
Dan Ferris and Ron Bauer pictured below.
Ferris is currently wanted by the FBI for investor fraud , whilst Bauer was arrested in the UK as part of the same fraud scheme involving Ferris, as published by the Daily Mail in April 2022. Bauer has also been prosecuted previously for market manipulation in 2005.
Willett confirmed the terms included Ferris and Smart raising the initial capital. He also sates clearly that the plan is to list on Nasdaq:
Ultimately, Ferris and Smart rounded up the minimum number of investors needed for OTC. Several of these entities belonged to Ferris.
Two offshore companies “Balmoral Asset Management” and “Blue Atlas Investment Holding Limited” both belonged to Dan Ferris. In addition, Ferris put forward Marianne Thoumsin (his wife/partner), who then became the “first depositor” for the company. That means she deposited her shares before any other shareholders.
Jason Drummond later confirmed that he knew Ferris’ entities were “the same shareholder” in a WhatsApp message to Julian Parge (a former consultant for GMGT):
Willett, through Epsilon (a Singapore-based entity), orchestrated the acquisition of the assets of Gametech UK Limited with Ron Bauer and Jason Drummond:
Bauer (of Bonsai Capital Ltd) and Epsilon wanted to fund the acquisition:
However, some of the secured loan note holders of Gametech UK refused the transaction, which forced Begbies to apply for a court order to allow the sale of the assets.
Begbies subsequently accepted a deal in 2018 with Willett and Drummond at the helm. This was facilitated through a shell company called Nenx Gaming Limited (later renamed to Dito UK in 2019 and subsequently to Gaming Technologies Limited in 2021), which was established by Andrew Eggleston, a chartered accountant and CEO of EWP, who is a close friend of Oliver Willett.
Eggleston established the shell company under the name “Smart Tower Limited” in 2017, specifically for this acquisition.
Eggleston remained a director of Nenx Gaming until Drummond took over in 2019, even though Drummond had been operating as a shadow director in the background since the acquisition. This also allowed the company to obtain a Metro Bank account in the UK.
In return, Eggleston was awarded over 460,000 shares in GMGT, and was ultimately one of the only people able to make a profit from the sale of GMGT’s shares (with most of the other entities belonging to Daniel Ferris).
Once the assets were acquired, Drummond attempted to “reboot” Gametech UK and reattempt its failed AIM listing through the US OTC Market, with new investors that had no significant knowledge or connection to Gametech UK. He did this with the help of Dan Ferris, an old friend and an associate of Ron Bauer, and Ferris’ business partner Jason Smart.
Ferris connected Jason Drummond to Jason Smart:
Jason Smart founded Ashington Innovation PLC in 2023, and invited Drummond to become a director, after the demise of GMGT.
Drummond resigned from Ashington 1 day after the information in this article became public.
Vale’s gambling licences
The licence scandal and problems with vale.mx began when Drummond signed an agreement with Big Bola Casinos in Mexico:
The agreement stipulated that there would be a minimum participation rate of $10,000 USD per month (or 40% revenue – whichever was higher), which, by month 13 of operations, increased to a minimum of $40,000 USD per month.
Drummond never paid Big Bola, and he ran the casino through Markor Technology despite telling everyone that Gametech had its own casino software (it was disclosed in multiple K and Q filings on OTC that GMGT were building and using their own software).
Markor had a minimum monthly fee of $15,000 USD, which now puts the operating costs of Vale.mx at $25,000 per month, increasing to over $55,000 per month after the first year.
Markor were never paid either, and so they continued to run the casino in the background to try to make up for their losses. This went on for over a year.
Drummond then tried to sue Markor through Fieldfisher, but failed to litigate because he had used up all of the company’s money (mostly on himself, which you’ll see further down).
Drummond then terminated the Big Bola agreement:
The agreement was terminated in favour of a better deal with Fabulous Vegas Games.
Fabulous Vegas charged only 8% with a minimum of $6,000 USD per month, but also wanted an up-front fee and shares in GMGT.
When questioned about the situation with Big Bola by Fabulous, Drummond lied to Fabulous and told them that the debt with Big Bola was disputed and that he had never agreed to pay such an unfair amount of money (despite having signed the earlier Big Bola agreement):
Markor were subsequently swapped out for an agreement with Game Interaction Group, who charged a minimum of € 9,000 EUR per month from month 4:
As time passed, Drummond also failed to pay Fabulous Vegas and Game Interaction Group. Subsequently, several players lost money as the casino was suspended, and they had to make chargeback requests. Vale’s operators and SEGOB (the Mexican gaming authority) received a number of complaints. This created a problem for Fabulous, who then revoked the licence agreement, which Drummond refused to accept:
Ultimately, GMGT had no licence as of June 2023, and the casino was suspended as early as March 2023 for non-payment.
Despite the suspension, GMGT filed its 10-K in May (a late filing, as all the filings had been due to monetary issues rendering the company unable to pay its auditor and its CFO Steven Plumb). The 10-K made no mention of the suspension (which should have been disclosed in an 8-K as it was a material event), and the 10-K further went on to suggest the company still had a licence with Fabulous Vegas Games.
Canelo and the fake competition
In April 2021, GMGT paid over $1,500,000 to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a world champion boxer. In return, Canelo wore a Vale.net logo on his shorts. Vale.net was a landing page for a sweepstake competition which had links to vale.mx – the casino. Canelo wore the logo on his boxing shorts for a single fight against Billy Joe Saunders, and he made a few promotional videos through WPP Grey.
The videos were not owned by GMGT because the company failed to pay WPP and by the end of May 2022, there was still over $1,500,000 USD outstanding to Grey in relation to the Canelo campaign. Drummond said he “did not agree” with the invoices and never paid them, so the entire $1.5m invested into Canelo was wasted.
Very few players joined the Vale.mx casino from this fight. Approximately 110 people signed up to a sweepstake competition to win a BMW through “Vale.net” (the logo on Canelo’s shorts), but the BMWs were later cancelled as they were never paid for in full, and a winner was never chosen.
The change in operations
On the surface, GMGT appeared to be just another ordinary US public company on OTC. It was dedicated to providing gambling software to popular brands. This was the original narrative described in the company’s registration statement (page 4 onwards – “Business Overview”).
The narrative later changed substantially (see Page 1 of the last 10-K, filed in May 2023), and the company went from “licensing its own software” for revenue share to “building global gaming brands” under its own licences.
This is the original pitch deck for Dito, Inc. (the original name for GMGT before it was listed):
This was the last pitch deck for Gaming Technologies, Inc., in 2023:
Not only was the name changed, but the company went from being a “software provider” to running its own casino. Drummond was afraid to state that the company would run its own casino on the OTC IPO due to the likely delay that it may have had as a result of increased due diligence requests by FINRA and the SEC (licence information, legal information, etc.). They would have found out that Drummond previously had his UK PML (Gambling License) revoked:
This letter clearly states that Drummond:
- was aware that Gametech did not have adequate resources available for the purpose of carrying on the licensed activities.
- was aware that Gametech was using customer funds to cover its operating costs
- either provided false and misleading information to the UKGC, or did not work with them in an open and co-operative way.
Again, this would have definitely prevented the company from being able to list, and again shows an authority stating categorically that Jason is negligent at best.
Jason Drummond served himself, and no other
Once the money started coming in from investors, Jason Drummond helped himself to it. He took over $1.4m in the four years of GMGT’s tenure on OTC. This information is reflected in the 10-K filings found here.
Drummond strategically prioritised other payments as per whatever he thought was most urgent (generally the auditor and CFO Steven Plumb), but predominantly he always ensured that he was paid first, whenever money came in, and he always ensured that he was paid the most.
In 2021, despite the company’s significant debts to various suppliers (Markor, Big Bola, various advertisers, various staff, etc.), Drummond helped himself to over $589,000.
Drummond had originally assigned himself an informal salary of £240,000 GBP per year (despite arguing with staff that the company was a startup and that their salaries had to be kept low), but he actually ended up taking on average £275,000 GBP per year. At the same time, suppliers were not paid, and staff were consistently paid late – or not at all, as was the case for several staff who quit with substantial payments outstanding.
In addition to his “startup salary”, Drummond helped himself to cash whenever he felt like it by using the company’s bank accounts as his personal piggy bank. He made a number of suspicious VAT reclaims and R&D tax claims.
At one point the UK subsidiary of GMGT received a penalty of nearly £60,000 GBP from HMRC, for Drummond’s attempt to claim VAT through his service company MY8 Limited, which he used to invoice Gametech for his salary:
In July 2022, Drummond helped himself to £70,000 after a £230,000+ R&D tax credit. R&D credits are around 30% of the claim, therefore any claim for this amount of return would have had to be over £1m. Since the company did not qualify for such a claim, the claim would have had to have been fraudulent.
Further, Drummond used the company’s Wise (TransferWise) account to continually send himself money.
Despite the documents being date Q1 of 2023, the address of 413 W 14th St New York has not been updated. None of the company’s formal documents contain a valid or legitimate company address at which the company could receive mail.
This behaviour of helping himself to company money continued throughout the four year tenure of GMGT.
The unavailable funds
Gaming Technologies, Inc., was cleared by FINRA and approved for OTC Pink on 3 March 2021. The company became DTC eligible on 9 June 2021 and received OTCQB approval on 11 June 2021. The company was then approved for Nasdaq on 8 February 2022, however Drummond could not complete the Nasdaq uplist because the company had no money and no revenue. This is entirely due to Drummond’s behaviour with the company’s money.
In February 2022, Drummond started leasing a luxury apartment in Miami, despite that he could only spend 90 days per year in the US. Drummond didn’t get a visa until May 2023.
The lease was terminated in December 2022. Drummond had stayed there for less than three months in total, and no other staff or consultants were permitted to use the apartment.
In addition to the apartment, Drummond purchased a $20,000 car in January 2023 using the company’s money, despite knowing that the overwhelming and mounting debts of the company couldn’t be covered.
The bottom line
Jason Drummond consistently misled investors to obtain further funding. Ultimately, he used this money for his own personal benefit, at the cost of nobody else getting paid, and only to support his “image” of wealth that led other investors to believe he was a credible and successful entrepreneur.
Over £7,000,000 GBP was lost by investors in Gametech UK Limited which ultimately went into administration. Over a further $9,000,000 was lost by investors in GMGT.
In total, Jason Drummond has caused losses in excess of $18,000,000.
The company failed to generate any revenue which could have supported its growth, with the entirety of its small revenue from Vale.mx casino going directly to Markor (and later to Fabulous Vegas, who also owned Paycips – Vale’s payment gateway and Mexican bank account), to cover their own minimum monthly fees.
Drummond is negligent at best, and completely fraudulent at worst. He cannot be trusted to run any other businesses. If you have been approached by Drummond for investment and you are subsequently aware of this article, you should walk away. Fast.