Illegal betting website FairPlay is having a field day after the recent GST Council decision, imposing 28% tax rate on full face value on the online real money gaming sector.
FairPlay advertisements taunting fantasy gaming apps have been appearing online in recent times. The latest one that G2G News came across includes popular rapper Badshah, who is the brand ambassador of the illegal gambling platform.
The advertisement contains the text, “Ab fantasy se jeeto jyada, no tax no GST”, meaning that people can now win more money from their illegal betting platform than from fantasy gaming apps as with the new tax regime, which has not been implemented yet, online gaming companies will not be able to provide lucrative returns.
Watching a popular celebrity promoting a brand can easily lure in several people. These illegal gambling platforms are made to look legitimate. However, they have no license to operate as betting and gambling are prohibited in the country.
Earlier this year, Badshah also collaborated with the illegal betting company to create FairPlay anthem which he performed during the brand’s event in Phuket, before the start of IPL 2023. Notably, several Indian celebrities were also spotted at the event.
Before the advertisement in concern including Badshah, the illegal betting brand had come out with a similar one with digital influencer, Shilpa Khatwani Shahid. The advert also promoted its new domain as the original website was banned by MeitY.
Apart from these two, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sanjay Dutt have also teamed up with FairPlay and can be seen in some of its advertisements.
Since these websites are illegal people need to remember that in case of fraud, the government would not have much power to help them as these illegal betting firms operate from outside the country.