AIGF approaches BJP and Congress for inclusion of online gaming in manifestos

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The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has approached the BJP and the Congress for inclusion of central regulation of online gaming in their manifestos.

“It is commendable that the two main political parties have looked at inclusiveness and suggestions from people in their manifestos. We wanted to highlight this critical issue of regulation in the online gaming industry, that has long been ignored but is the need of the hour. Hence, we have sent our suggestions to the respective committees highlighting benefits that will accrue to all stakeholders,” AIGF CEO Roland Landers said.

Gaming is a state subject in India and each state has their own gaming laws. While most of these Acts are archaic in nature, gaming businesses have gone digital over the years and hence a central regulatory framework for the Online Gaming industry is the ideal way forward.

In July, 2018, the 21st Law Commission in its 276th report said, “legalising betting and gambling is not desirable in India in the present scenario. Therefore, the state authorities must ensure enforcement of a complete ban on unlawful betting and gambling.”