6UP, the mobile based game that had run into some trouble with the Indian government during the Indian Premier League earlier this year, is back with the Cricket tournament Champions League T20: Advertisements for 6UP are being shown on TV during the CLT20 matches, asking users to predict how many runs are going to be made in an over. 6UP is powered by iPlayWin, and Australian company, but the website now refers to Revo Content Services Pvt Ltd.
How It Works
Essentially two types of predictions are needed to be made- the Runs Per Over and the sequence (for 6 balls) in which runs are going to be made. The SMS costs Rs. 5. There are prizes for prediction of the correct sequence of runs for 6 balls in an over, for the first 5 and first 4. Details here. For each over, there is a prize pool of Rs. 10,000. For winnings of Rs. 1000 or less, 6UP buys users the equivalent talk-time on the mobile.
The Controversy Around 6UP
The controversy around 6UP during the IPL was whether it is a game of skill or a game of chance: the Sports Minister MS Gill had said that it is similar to betting and gambling because users are paying money (Rs. 5 per SMS to 533446) to make ball by ball predictions of how many runs have been scored, in the hope of winning cash prizes for a correct prediction – essentially that it is a game of chance, and not skill.
Going through the 6Up website, it appears that an effort has been made to project 6UP as a game of skill, with statements like:
— “…6UP is a fantastic new skill game that… ” (source)
— “…evaluate how many runs the batsmen are likely to make in the over…” (source)
— “…use your understanding of cricket to determine how…” (source)
— “The best thing about this game is you can really use your cricket knowledge and skill to improve your success. 6UP is played along with live cricket, allowing every Participant to take into consideration all match conditions prior to making an Entry.” (source)
There’s more – in fact, an entire section on “skill game play“, but that really doesn’t prove anything. As a commenter had mentioned when the issue had been first raised, a 6UP player cannot influence the outcome of the over.
Wonder if the Sports Minister MS Gill has tried 6UP.