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Prime Minister Modi’s Third Term To Be Beneficial For Online Gaming? Gaming
Gutshot Editorial
Posted on 20 Feb, 2024
By Gutshot Editorial
On 20 Feb, 2024
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By Gutshot Editorial
On 20 Feb, 2024
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Prime Minister Modi’s Third Term To Be Beneficial For Online Gaming?


In recent years, the online gaming industry has witnessed exponential growth, captivating millions of players worldwide. From casual mobile games to competitive esports, the digital playground has become a thriving ecosystem.

However, with this surge in popularity comes the need for a well-defined regulatory framework – one that balances innovation, consumer protection, and industry sustainability.

In 2023, real-money gaming in India was hit by 28% GST on face value of deposits, but is there hope for the industry in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third term?

The Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, spoke about PM Modi’s government creating the right framework to act as a catalyst for India’s ‘Digital Economy’, in order to reach a goal of $1 Trillion by 2026/27. 

The Current Landscape

Before we delve into Prime Minister Modi’s initiatives, let’s understand the current landscape. Online gaming platforms span a wide spectrum, including skill-based games like chess and poker, fantasy sports, and real-money gambling. The lack of uniform regulations across states and the absence of a central authority have led to ambiguity and legal challenges.

Challenges Faced

  1. Legal Ambiguity: The absence of clear guidelines often leaves players, operators, and investors uncertain about their rights and responsibilities. Like whether rummy is a game of skill or chance? Are virtual items in video games akin to real-world assets? These questions demand clarity.
  2. Consumer Protection: As the player base grows, ensuring fair play, responsible gaming, and protection against fraud becomes crucial. Without robust regulations, vulnerable players may fall victim to unscrupulous operators.
  3. Industry Growth: The online gaming industry contributes significantly to the economy, creating jobs, fostering innovation, and attracting investments. A stable regulatory environment is essential for sustained growth.

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Prime Minister Modi’s Vision

Ahead of his potential third term in office, Prime Minister Modi is expected to recognise the urgency of addressing these challenges. His vision encompasses three key pillars:

  1. Clarity and Consistency

Unified Legislation: The Prime Minister’s administration aims to create a unified legal framework for online gaming. This legislation will define various categories of games, their legal status, and the rights and obligations of players, operators, and regulators.

Skill vs. Chance: The framework will provide clarity on the classification of games as skill-based or chance-based. This distinction is crucial for determining licensing requirements and taxation across different gaming verticals in India.

  1. Consumer Empowerment

Player Rights: The proposed regulations emphasize player rights, including data privacy, fair play, and redressal mechanisms. Operators will be accountable for ensuring a safe and transparent gaming environment.

Responsible Gaming: The government plans to collaborate with industry stakeholders to promote responsible gaming practices. Education campaigns, self-exclusion options, and age verification protocols will be integral components.

  1. Industry Sustainability

Licensing and Taxation: The regulatory regime will streamline licensing procedures, making it easier for legitimate operators to enter the market. Clear taxation guidelines will ensure a level playing field.

Investment Climate: By providing stability and predictability, the framework aims to attract domestic and foreign investments. Start-ups, game developers, and technology providers will benefit from a conducive business environment.

Chandrashekhar tweeted about his conversation with Indian Express’ Anant Goenka at the Mumbai Tech Week, on 19th February 2024, talking about multiple industries including online gaming. Here’s what he said:

“PM @narendramodi ji’s Govt is all about creating the right framework to catalyze our #DigitalEconomy & reach our goal of $1 Trillion by 2026/27.

✅ Unlike previous governments who had badly regulated sectors, who were involved in major scams, our approach to regulatory framework has always been open, transparent, and consultative.

✅It is not so much about the government regulating as much as all of the stakeholders coming together and creating guardrails for the orderly growth of all segments of our economy.

✅ PM Modi ji’s third term will establish a more stable and predictable regulatory environment for the #onlinegaming industry.

✅ For the first time in Independent India’s history, we are on the verge of establishing two fully-fledged $10 billion investment semiconductors #Fabs.

✅ India is poised to become a hub for cutting-edge semiconductor research, with the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers conducting research in India.

✅ We intend to exploit #AI to its fullest for achieving the goals of our economic growth, ensuring huge impact on healthcare, agriculture and farmer productivity among others

Talked about all things tech with @anantgoenka at the #MumbaiTechWeek today. #IndiaTechade”

 

Conclusion

Prime Minister Modi seems to be committed to establishing a stable and predictable regulatory regime for online gaming, and we hope his government understands the industry’s potential and challenges. As India embraces digital transformation, a well-crafted framework will not only protect players but also foster innovation and economic growth. We’re eagerly awaiting the implementation of these visionary reforms, ensuring that the game remains fair, exciting, and inclusive for all. 🎮🌟

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