The Dialogue to organize roundtable discussion on draft rules for online gaming in New Delhi

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The Dialogue, a public policy think-tank, is set to organize a roundtable discussion on the online gaming regulations in India in order to review and contribute towards improving the recently released draft rules.

The discussion will be held on January 12, from 11 AM onwards, at Vivanta by Taj Ambassador, New Delhi, as announced by them in a Linkedin post.

With the release of the draft rules for public consultation, several people including policymakers are suggesting their own set of changes and improvements. Some of them have raised questions regarding privacy and ethics of the rules. The Dialogue, being one of the emerging research and public-policy think-tanks, is set to discuss these issues with a panel of experts.

Some of the key provisions as part of the draft rules are that the online gaming companies would need to display a registration symbol on all online games that have been registered by a self-regulatory authority. It is also necessary to inform customers about the rules governing withdrawal and refund policies, distribution of prizes, fees, and other charges that must be paid and the KYC process for user account creation.

Along with this, the Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) may also release new rules that might limit game time for children under the age of 18 and their in-app purchases.

The roundtable discussion is expected to include this topic as well. People can register for the event and be a part of the audience and contribute to the discourse as well.

It is expected that in the days to come there would be more such public discussions on the draft rules that are likely to contribute positively to the regulations that would come in place. The deadline for submitting suggestions to MeitY is January 17, 2023.