Undoubtedly, each day more and more number of people are seeking thrill in the world of online gaming. With the nationwide lockdown, the market in India is undergoing a skyrocketing increase in players. Besides lowering consumption and stalling economic activities, the harmful virus has changed the lifestyle of the people. Witnessing the surge of players, the All-India Gaming Federation (AIFG) appointed three new experts to its panel.
A couple of days ago, AIFG strengthened its advisory panel with the induction of three new experts including former Supreme Court judge, Justice Vikramajit Sen, educationist Fatema Agarkar and the former captain of the national women’s cricket team Jhulan Goswami adding expertise to the Federation’s Charter that provides the very foundation of responsible gaming, player protection, user integrity and best practices for its operators.
Welcoming the new members, AIGF CEO Roland Landers said, “We are privileged to have strengthened our advisory panel at AIGF and are very honored to have eminent Justice Vikramajit Sen, a former Judge of the Supreme Court and Ex-Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, Ms. Fatema Agarkar, leading educationist and Founder of the Agarkar Centre of Excellence (ACE) combing sports and education, and Ms. Jhulan Goswami, Indian International Cricketer and the former captain of the Indian National women’s cricket team join us and offer their expert guidance to us and the industry.”
Banking giant Morgan Stanley highlighted the fact that gaming is now the biggest pastime globally. According to the FICCI Frames 2020 report from Ernst & Young stated that skill gaming industry alone in India grew by 30% in 2019 while ARPUs went by a whopping 41% in the same year.
Justice Vikramajit Sen stated, “As online transaction-based gaming has grown by 30% over last year, self-regulation for this ever-expanding industry is extremely important. To overcome the blurred lines, the AIGF Skill Games Charter provides the very foundation for responsible gaming, user integrity, player protection, and best practices for member operators to ensure ethical practices to safeguard the consumer interest. To further contribute to the process, I am excited to be on the advisory panel of the AIGF, which has vetted the charter and play a role in guiding the Industry body and its stakeholders forward as the sector grows.”
Fatema Agarkar elaborated on the importance of Digital sports gaming by saying, “I am glad to be a part of AIGF’s advisory panel and for me, the sheer potential that e-sports enjoys lies in its reach, bringing communities together, enabling an alternative to physical sports, working with key life skills such as decision making, critical thinking and logic not to mention attitudes of discipline, responsible digital citizenship!”
Agarkar further added, “There’s cognitive development and participation avenues that open up given its tech base and therefore obvious reach beyond the four walls, and when structured with science and responsible protocols, the sheer scale of possibilities it opens up cannot be emphasized enough. With AIGF’s well-structured Responsible Gaming Charter, we will put the right checks in place and treat it with the respect it deserves!”
Regarded as one of the greatest women fastest bowlers in the history of women’s cricket, Jhulan Goswami was elated to be part of the advisory board and said, “It is heartening to see that millions of gamers are participating in online formats including cricket and that this ecosystem is growing rapidly. It is an honor to be on the board alongside such eminent people. And makes me extremely happy to see the industry come together to adopt the guidelines of the AIGF charter to ensure best practices and player protection for the online Skill Gaming Industry.”
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