Indian gaming firms urge MietY not to club video games with real-money games. Picture: MeitY

Indian gaming firms urge MietY not to club video games with real-money games. Picture: MeitY

Indian gaming firms urge MietY not to club video games with real-money games

Newsroom Jan 19, 2023

Indian Gaming Companies Request the Government to Distinguish Between Real Money Games and Video Games.

Overview:

  • Numerous Indian gambling companies sent the government a letter about the issue.
  • Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology for the Union Government, commented on online games when he said that Shillong would have India's first Center of Excellence in online gaming by March 2023.

A few weeks ago, the Indian government issued a notice about internet gambling that indicated both video and real-money games would be subject to MeitY regulation (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology). Numerous Indian gambling companies sent the government a letter about the issue.

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Representatives of the video game industry encouraged the government in the letter to distinguish between "real money games" and casual "online games." According to many reports, the letter is signed by more than 40 employees from companies like Gametion, SuperGaming, Loco, Rooter, and more. In addition to calling for a distinction between leisure and competitive gaming, the corporation noted several other issues.

Representatives from the Indian video games industry ask MeitY for clarity around online gaming's definition

Representatives from the Indian video games industry ask MeitY for clarity around online gaming's definition. Picture: MeitY
Representatives from the Indian video games industry ask MeitY for clarity around online gaming's definition. Picture: MeitY

The concept of online games was not made explicit in the press release when the GOI (Government of India) granted MeitY the authority to regulate them. Therefore, GOI combined casual games such as Candy Crush, Ludo King, and others with fantasy sports applications, Teen Patti, and other online gambling activities. As a result, gaming businesses in India are now looking for clarification on what constitutes an online game. Representatives expressed concerns about applying KYC standards and child safety in addition to the explanation.

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Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology for the Union Government, commented on online games when he said that Shillong would have India's first Center of Excellence in online gaming by March 2023. Esports is a priority for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports within the Central Government. The Central Government designated the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as the nodal ministry for Esports. It was given responsibility for online video games by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It means that the Department of Sports would govern Esports under the YAS Ministry and that the Indian government has officially recognized them as multi-sport events.

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Many praised the choice, including Sean Hyunil Sohn, CEO of PUBG India and head of Krafton's Indian subsidiary. Additionally, he added the label "path-breaking" to the choice and said the following in his LinkedIn post. This formal recognition will significantly increase the number of jobs created, open new business prospects, and give young people more opportunities to reach their full potential. He went on to state the following. We are eager to see Esports become more incorporated into competitive gaming, and KRAFTON is certain that we can contribute to the goal of a vibrant gaming industry in India. Interestingly, the ruling hasn't resulted in other notable developments, such as lifting the ban on video games like PUBG Mobile, BGMI (Battlegrounds Mobile India), Garena Free Fire, and others.

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