Online Gaming Ban : Fantasy sports industry in big trouble as after Tamil Nadu, Karnataka is ready to ban Online gaming

Online Gaming Ban: Karnataka is ready to ban online gaming after Tamil Nadu did the same on Friday. Tamil Nadu became the third state to ban online games and gambling after the state’s governor promulgated an Ordinance to restrict such games from public to prevent them from the “evils of online gaming”.

“Due to online gaming, innocent people mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide,” the governor’s office said in a statement promulgating the Ordinance.

And now Karnataka is also ready to ban the Online Gaming of every form and is considering promulgating a law to ban online games.

“They have turned our youth into addicts, pushing them into a debt trap and other crimes,” said Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai at the Chief Minister’s Police Medal investiture ceremony at the Vidhana Soudha here on Friday. According to Mr. Bommai, online games, especially those that are paid or take money as bets, have ruined the lives of many people in the State. “We have received complaints from parents. Once the youth are addicted, we have seen cases where they get involved in various nefarious activities to fund their gaming addiction as well,” he said.

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Online Gaming Ban: What exactly this ban means for the growing Fantasy industry?

According to the new laws in Tamil Nadu, any form of wager or online bets using computers or any other devices are banned across the state. People who will be found gaming online will be fined Rs 5,000 and be punished with a six-month sentence, while those who open or keep open online gaming houses will be fined Rs 10,000 and be imprisoned for two years.

Electronic transfer of funds for placing bets, distributing the winnings of games or any other prize money related to online games will also be prohibited under the new ordinance.

Apart from Tamil Nadu, its neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has already banned online gambling and some of the card games that can be played online.

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Does this ban mean companies like Dream11 and others can’t operate fantasy products in the state ?

Currently the status is ambiguous for Fantasy Sports. The ordinance passed by the Tamil Nadu government though says the ban is on ‘all form of wager or online bets using computers or any other devices are banned across the state’ – it is still ambiguous that Fantasy Companies like Dream11, MyTeam11, Mobile Premier League which projects themselves as operators of game of skill will be banned in the state or not.

Though according to the experts after the ordinance is passed in Tamil Nadu, one thing is completely clear now – that the Fantasy Players will not be allowed to put any monies on any fantasy game in the state.

The ordinance by the Tamil Nadu government came In less than 24 hours of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court rebuking Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly for endorsing fantasy sports platforms.

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Tamil Nadu now joins Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in stopping online gaming activities after suicides have been reported across the Southern Indian states in recent times.

Without any doubt, it is trouble time for the Fantasy Sports Industry