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India plans federal oversight of real-money games

India plans federal oversight of real-money games

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The Indian government’s regulation of online gaming will apply to all real-money games, following the overruling by the Prime Minister’s office of a proposal to only regulate games of skill and leave out games of chance.

Back in August, a government appointed panel was tasked with drafting the new regulation. This group proposed the formation of a new body that would decide whether any individual game involves skill or chance. Skill games would then be governed by planned federal rules that call for registration requirements, KYC protocols and a grievance redress mechanism.

Regulation of games of chance, considered to be gambling and banned across most of India, would then remain the responsibility of individual state governments.

However, at the end of October, a representative of the office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opposed this differentiation and demanded federal oversight on all types of games, due to the inevitable mixed interpretations and general confusion in distinguishing between games of skill and chance.

The primary purpose of the federal review is the alleviation of continued concerns about potential addiction to such platforms.