All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), the apex industry body for the sunrise online gaming sector hosted its first edition of AIGF Knowledge Series, sponsored by MPL, Spartan Poker and Gameskraft with Meghalaya as the partner state. It concluded the two-day virtual event scheduled on the 7th and 8th of April 2022. Hon’ble CM of Meghalaya, Shri Conrad Sangma graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest and delivered the inaugural address. This edition is focused on Meghalaya and the recent regulatory framework, legalities and the future of online gaming in the state.
Sangma in his inaugural speech said, “I am indeed very thankful to the All India Gaming Federation for having me here today. Online skill gaming is a sunrise industry as it has reached 1.5 billion US dollars in size and is expected to double in size by 2025. This industry is a direct beneficiary of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiatives started seven years back. The gaming industry at large has a huge potential to be an engine of growth, employment and innovation across the world. We are happy to partner with the industry through the AIGF Knowledge Series with a spotlight on Meghalaya today and tomorrow. My team and I are looking forward to hearing from domain experts on best practices that we as a state can deploy to build a strong gaming ecosystem in Meghalaya.”
The first day of the webinar saw a range of eminent speakers from the gaming industry as well as other stakeholders, including bureaucrats and Ministers. Hon’ble Minister for Registration, Taxation and Stamps, Govt. of Meghalaya, Shri, James Sangma and Sarika Aggarwal Synrem, Commissioner and Secretary, Taxation, Government of Meghalaya, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT and Industries – Telangana, Senior Counsel Aryama Sundaram, Sai Srinivas, MPL (Mobile Premier League) Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Sutanu Behuria, Former bureaucrat and Skill Games Council Member, PK Misra, Former bureaucrat and Skill Games Council member were amongst the speakers who shared their insights on various important themes including Importance and Benefits Of Regulating This Sunrise Sector By States, Global Best Practices – Online Skill Gaming, Online Skill Gaming – Judicial Acceptance amongst other regulatory led topics.
Speaking on the occasion Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming Federation said, “It is an honour and privilege to have the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Conard Sangma grace us with his presence for this edition of the AIGF Knowledge series. Meghalaya as a state has the potential to become one of the most progressive and massive markets for the gaming industry if the framework is inclusive. The AIGF is delighted to provide the platform where senior industry leaders and domain experts from the bureaucracy, legal, regulatory, business, social media and investor backgrounds come together and have meaningful discussions that will go a long way in shaping the future of this growing industry.”
“With such a power-packed AIGF Knowledge Series event, we are positive that the Indian online skill gaming industry will be seen in a different and progressive light. Our aim with this series is to begin insightful and riveting discussions across strategic gaming themes and also collaborate with key states in the future for greater outreach and awareness. I am thankful to all the eminent speakers who contributed their insights through various discussions on the online gaming landscape and the potential it holds,” he added.
The second day of the webinar was power-packed with insightful panels on topics like Media Platforms and Online Gaming, Building Efficiencies In The Gaming Ecosystem, Life Skills and Online Skill Gaming and a fireside chat on Online Gaming Investors Session. Many dignitaries and key stakeholders from the gaming ecosystem including, Amin Rozani, MD, Spartan Group, Prof. Farhat Basir Khan, Director, Media Studies and Skill Games Council Member, Manisha Kapoor, Secretary-General, Advertising Standards Council of India, Amit Yadav, Lead, Gaming Paytm, Ajay Rajan Senior Group President – Yes Bank, Rakesh Maheshwari, Sr. Director and Group Coordinator, Cyber Laws – MeitY, Dr. Rajesh Sagar, Professor and Head Department Psychiatry AIIMS, Fatema Agarkar, Educationist and Skill Games Council Member and Atul Bisht, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head – Technology, Media, Telecom and ESDM – Invest India, Shweta Rajpal Kohli, Chief Public Policy Officer – Sequoia participated and concluded the two-day series.
Sarika Aggarwal Synrem, Commissioner and Secretary Government of Meghalaya and Sunil Krishnamurthy, General Secretary AIGF gave the valedictorian address for Day 1 and Day 2 respectively. The event was scheduled keeping in mind the international audience, who are keen to consider the developments in gaming in Meghalaya, as well as keep abreast with the pace this industry has set across India.
The AIGF Knowledge Series is a cohesive module to spark conversations and create awareness about the online skill gaming landscape. The series will be held in collaboration with different states in the country to foster insightful and riveting discussions across strategic gaming themes through panel discussions, and fireside chats by various domain experts from the industry and gaming ecosystem.
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Key Takeaways from the Day 2
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