August 12, 2022
Online gaming platform involving game of chance considered illegal, says MoS IT

Betting and gambling are illegal in most parts of the country and online gaming platforms are considered illegal when those platforms involve games of chance, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar in a written reply in Lok Sabha said that all forms of gambling and betting come under the purview of the State Governments and they have enacted laws to deal with it under List-II within their jurisdiction. Seventh Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

“Betting and gambling is illegal in most parts of the country. Online gaming platforms are middlemen and they have to follow due diligence as per the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 and rules thereunder.

“MeitY regulates all intermediaries as per the IT Act and its rules. Online gaming platforms are considered illegal when those platforms involve games of chance,” the minister said.

Responding to a question on the steps being taken by the government to check crimes due to online gambling and betting, Chandrashekhar said that ‘police’ and ‘public order’ are state subjects and state and union territories for prevention Territories are primarily responsible for the detection, investigation and prosecution of crimes through their Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).

“Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) at the Center and in the states take appropriate legal action as per the provisions of the law and when appropriate,” the minister said.

Last month, Battlegrounds Mobile India, or BGMI, was reportedly removed from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store following a government order. Google confirmed that it has received a government order directing it to remove a popular online game that has yet to be reinstated on both platforms.

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