As per news reports by ANI, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Information and Technology Minister spoke about regulations in the online gaming industry. The tweet shared by ANI states,“19 States/UTs have passed their own laws in this regard;17 States amended the Public Gambling Act and introduced sections against online gambling within it. We should reach a consensus and have a Central act to regulate online gaming and gambling: Union min for Electronics & IT, Ashwini Vaishnaw.” (sic)
19 States/UTs have passed their own laws in this regard;17 States amended Public Gambling Act &introduced sections against online gambling within it. We should reach a consensus&have a Central act to regulate online gaming&gambling: Union min for Electronics & IT,Ashwini Vaishnaw pic.twitter.com/T0t6dMYQ18
— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2023
On Wednesday, while addressing the Lok Sabha on the matter of regulating the online gaming vertical, the Union Minister stated how there is an urgent need to regulate the online gaming industry and the need for an act established by the Central government. The media reports further added the Union Information and Technology Minister’s quote on 19 states and union territories passing laws to regulate online gaming industry. When it comes to establishing a Central law, Vaishnaw stressed on getting the nod from all the stakeholders involved. When it comes to regulating the online gaming industry in the country, there have been major discussions taking place, with many industry experts speaking out about having a Central law in place which would bring uniformity across the Indian states when it came to regulation.
Currently, not all Indian states allow online gaming. And the enactment of a Central law will bring the much awaited relief to the operators and players. Online gaming space also made news when Centre reportedly told the Delhi High Court (HC) about finalizing regulation for the online gaming industry in the country. A news report by Business Standard mentions how a statement was issued before a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra and Justice Subramonium Prasad by the central government counsel.
The Centre’s lawyer reportedly informed the Delhi HC that consultations have begun with the stakeholders while the HC heard the petitions made by Atul Batra and Avinash Mehrotra with regards to the regulation of the online gaming space.
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