Tamil Nadu has become the third Indian state post Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to ban online gaming and gambling. The Tamil Nadu state governor, Banwarilal Purohit promulgated the ordinance to restrict online gaming from the state public on November 20, 2020.
Referring to the evils of online gaming, the press statement released by the governor’s office noted that many innocent people especially youngsters are being cheated in the name of gaming. Many of these individuals have even taken to extreme steps and committed suicide.
Major provisions of the new state law banning online gaming
The recently passed ordinance bans all forms of online bets and wagers involving smartphones, PCs or any other such electronic devices. It will also be prohibiting electronic transfer of funds for placing bets, distributing online game winnings or any other prize money related to online gaming or gambling in the state.
New law will enforce a fine of up to Rs. 5,000 and imprisonment sentence of up to six months on all persons found gaming online in the South Indian state. Furthermore, any individuals who may open new online gaming houses or keep their existing ones open will be sentenced with an imprisonment of up to two years and Rs. 10,000.
It is also worth noting that the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments have also banned online gambling and selectonline card games in their respective states. Furthermore, Karnataka governmentmay also pass a new law to ban online gaminginvolving forms of online betting and gambling in the coming days.
Fantasy sports had gained even more popularity in India withDream11 sponsoring and announcing events for the 13th Season of Indian Premiere League, IPL 2020. Ever since such fantasy sports leagues began getting prominence in the country, debate has continued whether such online games are a matter of pure luck or require some skill.
Significant cash prizes and following incidents of frauds have further raised concerns among government officials and administrators. The “skill vs luck” debate is especially significant for India as the nation largely prohibits all gamesthat may involve some form of betting or solely rely on luck of the participants.
However, some states do allow a few offline versions of the same such as scratch cards and lottery tickets. People who oppose such online games opine that in the absence of regulations, many players end up spending too much money for their in-game purchases. Furthermore, as more and more teenagers and minors are getting into these games, it also creates a peer pressure on them in case of lack of money to make these purchases.
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