Online Gaming Laws

AIGF’s Roland Landers on future of online gaming in India, esports, and real money gaming

In episode four of G2G news’ flagship video series “Game on with Jay Sayta”, the host explored the entire spectrum of the gaming industry ranging from growth triggers, real money gaming, and future projections with none other than the CEO of the oldest online skill gaming industry body, the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) Roland Landers.

PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss asks Tamil Nadu govt to bring law to ban online gaming for stakes

The senior leader's comments came after Madras High Court, on 3 August 2021, lifted the ban on online games for stakes in the state. He added that the advertisements about online gaming are luring people into it. 

Betting on games of skill and chance in the wake of Madras High Court verdict

 The Tamil Nadu government’s effort to protect its youth from the temptations of online gambling by amending a gaming law to ban online rummy and poker has not survived judicial scrutiny. Played for a wager, bet, money, or stake these games turned out to be highly addictive to a level where people even placed bets on rooster fights from all over the world.

Head Digital Works’ Deepak Gullapalli on real money games, rummy and myths around self-regulation

There is a lot of debate on whether rummy and the likes of it played on digital platforms are games of skills or games of chance. Sadly in spite of rigorous education programs and awareness campaigns, a huge number of the Indian population and some state governments consider rummy a game of chance.

Madurai Bench expects Tamil Nadu govt to bring in law banning online rummy, poker within 6 months

The petitioner argued that several youngsters were addicted to playing online rummy especially due to the lockdowns. He also added that health was affected by constant online gaming, leading to suicide in some cases. Thus using the grounds for a ban on such online games.

Allahabad HC seeks response from state, centre on PIL against online gambling sites

Shimla Shri Tripathi’s petition claims that many such websites operating in India manipulate their online games and thus players lose a lot of money.

Karnataka High Court’s division bench stays verdict on levy of GST on horse racing clubs

It has been contended in the appeals that the single bench ought to have considered the pre-GST regime

Game developers want government body formed to license games of skill and chance

The chorus to ban online games involving cash has compelled the game developers to speed up their efforts in putting together a request to state governments to draft a law for such online games.

What the Madras HC verdict on online rummy, poker, fantasy sports reveals

In November 2020, the state issued an ordinance to ban online gaming, wagering or betting in the cyber world. This ordinance was later enacted as an amendment of the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act 1930 and was called the Tamil Nadu Gaming and Police Laws (Amendment) Act 2021.

Madras High Court verdict: AIADMK slams Tamil Nadu govt for failing to defend law against online rummy, poker

In fact, the AIADMK plans to hold state-wide protests against the DMK government for its failure in presenting the facts comprehensively in the matter.

GST on horse-race betting: Karnataka HC adjourns petition to 12 August

Karnataka High Court's Division Bench on Thursday adjourned petition on GST pertaining to betting on horse-racing to 12 August 2021, with matter to be...

Is it legal to play online rummy, online poker, fantasy sports in Tamil Nadu?

The amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act invited imprisonment up to two years or a fine not exceeding Rs 10,000 or both if found participating in online rummy, online poker, and fantasy sports for stakes.

Tamil Nadu to enact new law to ban online rummy, poker after setback of Madras High Court judgment

In what can be considered a significant development in the aftermath of the Madras High Court verdict on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Law Minister S....

Madras High Cout rules Tamil Nadu law banning online poker, rummy with stakes illegal

The Madras High Court on Tuesday struck down in its entirety the amendment to the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act which banned online games including...

Challenge to online rummy, poker ban in Madras HC: Analysis of potential verdict and impact on online gaming

All the lawyers part of the discussion, however, were unanimous with their opinion about the State not appealing the matter in the Supreme Court should the verdict go against it on Thursday.

Skill-based online gaming in India moves a step closer to regulation

India's potential move towards progressive legislation has provided a firmer basis for the burgeoning gaming sector of the country, including news that the Council...

EXCLUSIVE: Kerala HC reserves judgment on challenge to notification banning online rummy

The counsels appearing on behalf of the petitioner rummy companies argued that the state government could not ban rummy, which was a game of skill through a mere notification under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960, and that the ban on online rummy while allowing physical rummy was arbitrary in nature.

EXCLUSIVE: Supreme Court dismisses another SLP alleging Dream11 involved in online gambling

Rajasthan High Court (Jaipur Bench) division bench comprising of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Ashok Kumar Gaur in its order has also ruled fantasy sports to be a game of skill, which was appealed to the Supreme Court by Mehrotra.

Delhi High Court to Centre: Decide representation for regulation of online games

The Delhi High Court said that the concerned authority may take a call on the representation by adhering, to laws, rules, regulations, and government policies as applicable to the matter.

Rajasthan High Court dismisses plea seeking ban on online fantasy games

Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) submitted a reply in which it relies on the judgments of several courts to argue that online fantasy sports are skills activities that are different from gambling and have the protection provided for under Article 19(1) (g).