Thousands of Vietnamese wanted to watch the World Cup in Qatar without having to pay a subscription to a cable service, so many resorted to the typical trick of looking for free links on the Internet. In the end, the promises of watching the World Cup in Qatar for free led them to a series of YouTube channels that promised to broadcast the star matches of the World Cup.
So far nothing unusual. The different channels offered the matches with attractive titles such as Live Germany-Japan on 11/23 Group E World Cup 2022. And they were actually broadcasting these matches live. The problem is that they were fake. So fake that users were watching were FIFA 23 matches pixelated and with Vietnamese narration.
As if this were not enough, the situation is even more hilarious. Because many regions in Vietnam have connection problems, the video was blurry at the beginning, and they were not direct streaming of the game, but were like screen printsso initially they gave the hit.
The World Cup in Qatar, yes, but in FIFA 23
Another problem is that, in addition, they included Vietnamese comments like those of legitimate rebroadcasts. A perfect combo that had thousands of viewers watching a totally fake game for a long time. This has been told by one of those affected by the Vietnamese media vnexpress
“Until I read the comments from the live stream and saw close-ups of the players’ faces, I didn’t realize they were footage from the FIFA 23 video game,”
Huy Hoang, in comments to vnexpress.
And it was not a few unsuspecting people who fell into this trap, designed to supposedly make money through the insertion of YouTube ads. Tens of thousands of people ended up watching fake World Cup matches on YouTube.
There was lives in Youtube with fake matches with almost 40,000 viewers at the same time, all with broadcasts of blurred matches from FIFA23. In the comments section, logically, thousands of users complained about the farce.
In the end one thing is clear, scam involved or not, the channels broadcast the games that the title of the videos promised. It wasn’t what they expected, but at least they were matches. Only not from the World Cup in Qatar. Neither do real players.