Yesterday, the Tamil Nadu cabinet approved an ordinance to ban online gaming. Mr. Roland Landers, CEO of All India Gaming Federation, has now let his opinion known on this matter.
Here’s what Mr Roland Landers, CEO, AIGF had to say on the Tamil Nadu government approving an ordinance to ban online gamingshya
Mr. Roland Landers, CEO – The All India Gaming Federation, said, “Based on news reports we understand that the Tamil Nadu government has approved an ordinance to ban certain or all online games of skill. This is disappointing because it disregards the 6 decades of established legal jurisprudence and also the recent judgment of the Madras HC which struck down a similar law.”
“As the apex industry body for online gaming we at the All India Gaming Federation have been trying to engage with the government to understand their concerns and have also made them aware of the proliferation of offshore gambling websites and apps which flourish when constitutionally protected India apps are banned.”
“We had provided various consumer protection and other measures which stop short of an outright ban. In such a scenario this is unfortunate. What is also surprising is that the State government has already appealed the judgment of Madras HC and the SC had recently issued notices on the same.”
“Instead of waiting for the SC judgment and in the meantime respecting the categorical decision by their own HC, they seem to have taken another unconstitutional decision which will eventually only benefit online gambling operators.”
“We will wait for the final bill to comment in detail and decide our next course of action.”