Amid the growing craze for games, online video games are in the spotlight yet again, however, for the wrong reasons. This time, an 11-year-old boy from Bhopal died by suicide last week after spending money on online games without the knowledge of his family.
According to the police, an 11-year-old named Suryant Ojha from Shankaracharya colony in Bhopal spent Rs 6,000 on online games.
Now, the Madhya Pradesh government is set to impose law in the state for regulating online gaming for children. The move has been triggered amid genuine concerns from parents of gaming addicted children.
According to the reports, the proposed law by the Madhya Pradesh government includes declaring online gaming, gambling and betting as crimes. Apart from that, mobile apps and websites hosting addictive games will be banned with a provision for a jail sentence and a fine.
Meanwhile, in September, the Karnataka Assembly passed an amendment to the Karnataka Police Act, 1963, which seeks to ban online gaming and curtail online gambling. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the proposal is not valid for online games that strictly comply with the ‘game of skill’.
Voicing concern over youngsters getting hooked on mobile games, Rajya Sabha member and senior BJP chief Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday demanded that the federal government ought to regulate the online gaming industry and impose a uniform tax on it. Raising the difficulty throughout the Zero Hour, he stated these online video games have now given strategy to playing and betting.