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There is no proposal to include online gaming with gambling: MeitY in response to a parliamentary question

Real money games have grown in India since the onset of the pandemic yet regulations across states remain inconsistent.

The Indian government has no proposal to include online gaming under the category of gambling, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The ministry said that “the government is aware of the growing number of online games available in India and also the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship associated with them”. However, MeitY said that it did not have precise details about the market size of online gaming in India. The growing number of app-based games also forced the ministry to acknowledge the possible risks and challenges including that of user harms associated with such games and their advertisements, the response revealed. When asked whether there was a plan to discontinue such games, the ministry said that “all forms of gambling and betting come under the purview of state governments". The ministry's response sheds light on the stance that the Union government is likely to take on regulation of online gaming and whether it will be clubbed with gambling. IndiaTech demands separate treatment of online gaming and gambling MeitY’s response in Parliament must come as a relief to players in the industry who had written to the government last month demanding the same. In a letter to the Indian government last year, IndiaTech urged MeitY to frame online gaming guidelines at the national level which can be followed by the states. It clarified that certain online games have an element of skill despite the involvement of money, distinguishing…

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