Amid the ongoing controversy on banning several online games in the country to prevent gambling, the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), on Tuesday, lauded the operations of the Cyberabad Police that busted an illegal cricket betting racket in Hyderabad.
Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation states, “AIGF has always been at the forefront of highlighting the menace of illegal offshore gambling websites and apps to the relevant authorities. We would like to laud the Cyberabad Police for recently busting the illegal offshore cricket betting racket. We fully support the state government’s efforts to eradicate illegal offshore gambling apps from the state.”
“However, we sincerely feel there needs to be a clear distinction between illegal gambling and games of skill. Some recent media reports have unfortunately clubbed esports and online skill gaming apps that offer games of skill (as defined by the Supreme Court and various High Courts of the country) with gambling,” he further added.
Online skill gaming apps in India offer games that are classified as games of skill such as chess, carrom, archery, fantasy cricket, and more. In states where online gaming for stakes is not permitted, these apps only offer free-to-play versions of their games, operating under the ambit of the law. Clubbing such skill gaming apps with offshore gambling services only undermines a burgeoning sunrise industry.
“We understand from media reports that the state government is working on a policy to allow genuine online skill gaming companies to operate in the state with safeguards. One of the most notable practices that we follow is that all AIGF member stakeholders are governed by the self-regulatory Skill Games Charter that ensures player protection and responsible gaming practices,” he added.