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Supreme Court: Challenge against fantasy sports platform Dream11 fails

Supreme Court of India
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The apex court's order follows several legal victories secured by real money gaming services like Dream11 even as states like Karnataka have shown interest in legislatively addressing the issue. The Supreme Court in an order dated July 30 dismissed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) that alleged that Dream11's fantasy sports app amounted to gambling, wagering, and betting and is not a game of skill. A Rohinton Fali Nariman- and BR Gavai-led bench ruled that the question of whether Dream11 and other fantasy sports stakes-based apps can be termed as betting and gambling was already settled. "The court has once again reaffirmed the judgements passed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court and the Bombay High Court, and has upheld the judgment passed by Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court, where the legality of the online fantasy sports format as offered by Dream11 as a ‘Game of Skill’ was sustained. Thus the legality of Dream11’s online fantasy sports format as protected by the Constitution of India, is now final by law and in fact," Dream11 said in a press statement. This matter is no longer res integra [a fresh matter that has not yet been addressed] as Special Leave Petitions have come up from the Punjab & Haryana High Court and have been dismissed by this Court as early as on 15.06.2017. Also, from the Bombay High Court, Special Leave Petitions have been dismissed on 04.10.2019 and 13.12.2019. — July 30 Supreme Court judgement Why it matters? Real money gaming operators' legal victories are so…

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