On July 24, the Madras High Court expressed concerns about the online gambling games and that they were attracting unemployed youth and leading to addiction. The High Court suggested that the Tamil Nadu government should pass legislation and regulate online games like rummy, ludo, and poker.
This regulation would mean operators would need to be licensed and would include a comprehensive framework by a regulatory body to oversee online sports betting and curbs on illegal activities too.
Justice B Pugalendhi gave a cautionary word that a youngster losing money on online games that are advertised on social media, that feed their desire to play and all the adverse effects it has, could easily turn to crime.
The High Court was responding to a senior state police official who had argued regulation would encourage investment in the sector, lead to technological advancements, plus revenue and employment opportunities.
Regulations Proposed by Madras High Court For Online Gaming
The judge said,
“Keeping all these aspects in mind the government should regulate and monitor such virtual games, like some states which had amended their prevailing gaming acts”
The court talked about if any legislation was to be put into place, all stakeholders must be informed beforehand and get their views about this decision.
The CEO of the All India Gaming Federation, Roland Landers, welcomed a regulatory framework to provide “clarity to the sunrise online gaming industry with a view to encourage investments leading to technological advancements as well as generation of revenue and employment.”