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Dream11 halts operations in Karnataka, but not to comply with the online gambling ban

The decision comes just days after Karnataka’s online gaming bill which has been criticised as far-reaching, took effect.

Dream11 has decided to suspend its operations in Karnataka to ensure the safety of users following the ban on online gambling in Karnataka, the company said in a statement to the press. The move comes days after an FIR was filed against the founders of the company for flouting the state's ban. The Karnataka government passed an amendment to its Police Act on October 5, outlawing all kinds of online betting and gambling, including games of skill. Mobile Premier League (MPL) has also blocked its users from Karnataka following the ban, the Times of India reported. While fantasy sports apps like Dream11 and MPL have currently suspended operations in Karnataka, it is widely anticipated that the state's ban on online gambling will be challenged in court. In several past instances, the judiciary has curtailed state governments’ ability to outright prohibit…

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