Indian Government to Regulate All Real-Money Online Games: Report

Indian Government to Regulate All Real-Money Online Games: Report


The Government of India is planning to regulate all online games that involve real money, including games of skill and chance.

There was a proposal to only regulate skill-based games and exclude games based on chance. But according to a report by Reuters, an official from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has overruled this proposal.

The report states that the official said differentiating between skill-based games and chance games wasn’t easy. “Online gaming may be considered as one activity/service with no distinction,” the official is quoted as saying.

Chance games count as gambling, which is banned in many states in India. Now that the government has overruled the proposal to exclude games based on chance, it seems that all real-money games will be regulated by the centre.

There is no legal definition that clearly differentiates between skill-based games and chance games. The lack of this clarity has led to different courts making decisions either in favour of such games, or vice versa.

Government officials involved in the rule-making process that spoke to Reuters told the outlet that the rules will give the federal administration oversight on all types of games. State governments will also have the power to ban gambling or chance games if they want to.

These new regulations are getting drafted after a growing concern in the administration about games that promote gambling, especially to young people. There have been cases in the country where people have lost significant amounts of money playing these games. Some have even committed suicide after suffering heavy financial losses.

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