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And the Indian Online Gaming Regulator Is… MeitY

Meity is taking charge of online money gaming in India, a move that had been in the making for quite a while.

17 Feb 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Skill and Chance in Gaming and the Legal Realm: The Roots

Amidst the turbulence caused by GST, we look for the roots of the skill vs chance distinction in gaming and find them in the...

13 Feb 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Signs of Stability Emerging from a Precariously Shifting Landscape

The Indian online gaming industry is set to find stability and prosperity after the wave of regulatory and tax changes. Not everyone will make...

30 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Delta Didn’t Bother to Make Provisions for Huge GST Demand

Delta Corp is taking its time to carefully navigate the new business realities brought around by amended GST acts and ₹23,000+ crore tax evasion...

17 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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PM Modi Steers Online Gaming Regulation to a Temporary Hold

PM Modi's vision is directing India towards a gaming regulation that covers skill and chance under the direct responsibility of gaming's nodal ministry, MeitY.

07 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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The Year in Review: India Gets Closer to Safe Money Gaming

In 2023, regulatory winds transformed Indian legal space related to online money games in a bid to bring clarity, but the process is far...

29 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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It’s Final! Maharashtra LA Repealed Casinos Act, 1976

Maharashtra's 47-year-long standstill on the fate of casinos in the state has been broken, and gambling establishments have received the red light.

11 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Baccarat, a Game of Baccarat: How It All Began

The classic casino game of baccarat perfectly served a filmmaker's purpose and helped create an iconic character with an evergreen catchphrase.

07 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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It’s Raining Billions of Dollars in Post-Covid Las Vegas

Extravagant investment activity in Las Vegas proves the blow delivered by the pandemic to the global casino entertainment industry was just a hiccup.

27 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Center Defends Online Gaming IT Rules before Delhi HC

MeitY raises arguments at the Delhi HC against a PIL challenging the legality of recent IT Rules amendments over online money gaming and the...

23 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Center Mules Asking SC to Batch Online Gaming GST Cases

The Government wants to group its forces on one front for the upcoming judicial battles for online games GST, while businesses are getting interim...

08 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Kindred Group Open About Revenue from High-Risk Gamblers

Global gambling operator Kindred leads the way for transparent responsible gambling on the wings of in-house and industry-academia partnership research.

06 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Nagpur Businessman Loses ₹58Cr on Rigged Casino Games

Just like in a dramatic play, our hero, businessman Vikrant, makes one mistake and takes the wrong path on a journey that only starts...

31 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Courts in Goa and Sikkim Freeze GST Action against Delta

The judiciary is freezing final GST enforcement action against Delta Corp before examining the tax evasion claims far exceeding the gaming industry's worth.

26 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Deltatech Slapped with a Fresh ₹6,384.3 Crore GST Notice

With the new GST demands directed at Deltatech Gaming, Delta Corp now allegedly owes the exchequer four times its operating revenues for the last...

17 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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ED Brings in Bollywood Stars for Questioning over Mahadev Involvement

Ranbir Kapoor is one of several Bollywood celebrities summoned to appear in front of the ED for involvement in promotion of the Mahadev app.

11 Oct 2023 - Felicia Wijkander

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DPDPA is set to Influence India’s Online Gambling Landscape

India's GDPR equivalent, the DPDPA, will mean stricter rules for online operators processing user data, but may simultaneously be in breach of fundamental rights...

06 Oct 2023 - Felicia Wijkander

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New GST Reality a Fact: Online Gaming Takes the Punch

India’s shifting legal and taxation landscape over online gaming is now a fact, and not all industry actors will get to remain on stage.

03 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Dream11, Delta and Others Slapped with ₹70,000+ Cr Notices

The last stages of the journey to the promised calm waters of regulatory certainty are proving rather rough for India's gaming sector.

28 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Supreme Court Deliberates on Tamil Nadu’s Gaming Bans

The legal battle for Tamil Nadu's first gaming ban has begun. In the meantime, the State made a 2nd ban, and the Center is...

26 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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SRO-Approved Real Money Games May Show up on Google Play

It's not all bad news for the GST-struck homegrown gaming industry, as Google intends to allow real money game apps on Play Store for...

11 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Fourth SRO Proposed, Skill in Rummy and Poker Measured

The SRO proposals are now four, with the inclusion of the AIGR Foundation. Rummy and poker receive scientific validation as skill-based.

05 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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TN Appoints Gaming Authority Amidst Ongoing Court Battles

The state's Online Gaming Authority is set and ready, while senior counsels argue about the constitutional validity of the law that prescribed its creation.

28 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Parliament Adopts GST Council Recommendations on Gaming

After three years of waiting, the Center and the states are in a hurry to implement the GST hike over online games in search...

14 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Maharashtra to Ban Online Gambling, Goa Looks into TN Ban

Maharashtra has been trying to regulate and tax gambling for almost four decades now, but the latest initiative by the State Govt aims for...

31 Jul 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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50th GST Council: One Levy for Skill and Chance Games

The GST Council moved away from skill vs. chance ambiguities and recommended uniform tax on all games, disrupting the business model of skill operators.

14 Jul 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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The Upcoming 50th GST Council: This is What to Look Out For

The long-pending decision on whether to burden skill gaming prize pools with 28% GST might finally be made at the 50th Meeting of the...

27 Jun 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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AIGF and EGF/FIFS have Proposed Online Gaming SROs

India’s online gaming industry is in a hurry to join MeitY’s efforts to regulate the country’s online gaming space without interference from Big Tech.

12 Jun 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Breaking: ED Raids 25 Locations Linked to Offshore Gaming

ED cracks down on Rs 4000 crore worth scheme to siphon online gaming money out of India through remote computers and misdeclaration of circumstances.

25 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Karnataka HC Quashes GST Enforcement Ambitions

Karnataka HC refuses DGGI access to online gaming prize pools and brings clarity to GST base valuation on games of skill a month before...

21 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Interview with Uday Walia on Indian Online Gambling

Uday Walia and Felicia Wijkander dive deep into the latest updates and possibilities related to online gambling in India. Read the interview and watch...

04 May 2023 - Felicia Wijkander

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AIGF Renews Challenge to TN Gaming Ban, MoS Calls It “Meaningless”

The legal battle over the constitutional validity of Tamil Nadu’s new gaming ban has begun. Union Minister calls the whole thing “meaningless.”

30 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Govt Agreed on TDS with Gaming Sector, GST Council Planned

The effective date of the new TDS regime over online gaming was changed to April 1 to avoid chaos in tax compliance. Uncertainty over...

02 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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TN Assembly Unanimous behind New Online Gaming Ban

Tamil Nadu LA unanimously rejects the governor’s veto on the State’s new online gaming ban and ends two weeks of political controversy and protests...

25 Mar 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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MeitY Likely to Accept Graded KYC for Online Gaming

MeitY will likely relax KYC requirements for small deposits for playing online games, as industry reps have suggested in their feedback on the IT...

04 Mar 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Finance Bill 2023 Proposes Changes to TDS on Game Winnings

Govt aims to tighten TDS on winnings from gaming abolishing practice to split withdrawals and completely removing non-taxable threshold for online games

22 Feb 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Anoop, Kerala’s Biggest Lottery Winner, is in the Business Now

Kerala’s biggest lottery winner Anoop paves the way for future winners to remain anonymous and opens a lottery ticket shop himself.

03 Feb 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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MEITY and Industry Discuss IT Rules Amendments for Online Gaming

Gaming industry reps give valuable feedback to newly proposed IT Rules amendments for online gaming by the sector’s new nodal ministry, MEITY.

22 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Chhattisgarh Bans Games of Chance with Swift Moves

Chhattisgarh is quick to ban gambling, including online, to answer the spread of an illegal betting app. Games of skill are reportedly exempt

05 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Delta Corp Files Legal Action against Goa Government

Delta Corp challenges its license fees for the months of lockdown, even though the money has been allocated.

31 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Macau Casinos: Licenses against Non-Gaming Investments

Macau casino operators will invest billions in non-gaming projects to diversify the city’s economy away from gambling as part of licensing requirements.

24 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Three-Year Study Reveals the Dangers of Loot Boxes

UK academia study reveals the harmful impact of loot boxes on the young and proposes regulatory intervention. In India, loot boxes still run under...

20 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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MIB Orders Google to Drop Online Gambling Ads

Centre continues its crack down on offshore gambling with MIB ordering Google to stop showing online betting ads.

10 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Madhya Pradesh Govt to HC: Three Months Needed for Online Gaming Law

Madhya Pradesh Govt told the High Court it needs three months to prepare a law against online gambling in response to an order to...

07 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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IIM Rohtak Study Reveals Celebrities’ Huge Impact on Gambling Ads

Celebrity endorsements in gambling ads found to raise the tendency to play multifold and double the effect of statutory warnings. Regulations based on the...

05 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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BMM Testlabs to Elevate Gaming Knowledge in India

Global game testing firm BBM Testlabs opens a new lab in Gurgaon’s Cyber City to test and certify online and land-based gaming products and...

29 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov
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Facebook Updates Protocol for Real-Money Gaming Ads

Facebook updates its policy on gambling promotions, requires operator’s licenses and responsible ad campaigns.

27 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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Wynn will be the First Casino Operator in UAE

Wynn is building the first casino resort in the Arab Gulf Region. ‘Mini Las Vegas’ plans replace ‘Mini Ibiza’ vision as new gaming legislation...

21 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov
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Big Tech Layoffs Continue, Desi Developers to Refocus Efforts

As Big Tech continues job cuts on a global scale, India is also impacted. Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter cut staff, but desi tech startups...

17 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh
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Online Gaming Industry Challenges New Tamil Nadu Ban

The All India Gaming Federation challenged the TN ban on online games for money as the legal battle continues

14 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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LeoVegas in Joint Research with Karolinska Institutet

Swedish gaming operator joins hands with academia on data-driven responsible gaming research.

11 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Hard Times Continue for Casinos in Macau

Recovery-hopeful casino industry in Macau suffers new “Zero-Covid” policy setback while operators await government decision to renew their licenses.

04 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Gambling Ads Paused on iPhone Apps Store

Gambling ads swiftly restricted on iPhone App Store after criticism by developers

28 Oct 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov
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Authorities Go after Black Market Gambling, with No Nationwide Regulation in Sight

Police carry out arrests for illegal betting rings and gambling apps. Despite ad advisory and ISP bans, offshore platforms carry on.

27 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification for India and Brazil

Instagram Age Verification Comes to India, Similar KYC Policies Proposed to Regulate Online Gaming

22 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh
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Delta Corp Profits Keep Rising, Hospitality Only a Minor Share

Indian gambling giant recovers post-Covid but bets on online games for future

20 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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Breaking: Jio and Vodafone blocks offshore gambling sites

Offshore online betting websites Betway, 22bet, PariMatch, and others blocked by Jio and Vodafone over tax evasion claims.

19 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Meghalaya Backtracks on Casino Regulation, Cites Moral Grounds

Meghalaya state government decides to repeal the act that looks to regulate gaming and gambling within the state.

19 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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Centre clamps down on TV & OTT platforms over betting ads

India sees two new advisories asking OTT platforms, news websites, and TV channels to stop betting ads.

10 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Auto driver wins ₹25 cr, largest Kerala lottery win ever!

₹25 crores Onam bumper price goes to former chef, Anoop Kerala recently saw its largest […]

20 Sep 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Curaçao to create new, stricter gambling regulation

Curaçao gambling license overhaul, with stricter entry process While the news of Curaçao looking to […]

13 Jul 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Evolution Acquires Game Provider Nolimit City

The Evolution-family grows to seven with Nolimit City addition Evolution’s collection of game developers is […]

23 Jun 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Famous law influencer comments on India’s gaming bill

YourInstaLawyer tells it like it is in new Instagram Reel video Tanya Appachu, a Lawyer […]

14 Jun 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Indian government has formed online gaming regulation panel

India takes action towards gaming regulation In light of the recently proposed gaming bill presented […]

31 May 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Curaçao to trigger gambling action plan in December

Curaçao’s liberal gambling legislation under the gun? We might see improved gambling regulation from Curaçao […]

21 Dec 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Pragmatic Play releases two new Indian Live Casino tables

Enjoy Andar Bahar & Roulette India from Pragmatic! Pragmatic Play is the latest game provider […]

06 Oct 2021 - Felicia Wijkander
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Why we have removed Tamil Nadu from restricted states in India

The Madras High Court recently rejected the new law in Tamil Nadu to ban all forms of online gambling, […]

24 Sep 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Karnataka gambling ban to take effect on 13 September 2021

Karnataka includes online gambling in Karnataka Police Act, 1963. Earlier this year, we reported on […]

06 Sep 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Bombay HC questions Ludo’s legality following petition

Ludo: A game of chance or skill? The game of Ludo is one that many […]

24 Jun 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Goa & Uttar Pradesh clamp down on online gambling

Several people arrested in Goa online gambling den raid You’ve probably heard about police raids […]

22 Jun 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Karnataka & Kerala makes a move on online gambling regulation

Proposal to ban online gambling & betting in Karnataka The Karnataka High Court received a […]

22 Feb 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Amendment bill suggests online gambling ban in Tamil Nadu.

Online Gambling in Tamil Nadu faces bill proposal An amendment Bill to add cyberspace gambling […]

09 Feb 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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GST Collection Confirms Center’s Stand on Online Games

04 Feb 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Online Gaming Cos Woes Will Be Heard by the Supreme Court

12 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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FM: Entry-Level Rule Won’t Relieve ₹1.12 Cr GST Demands

21 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Indian Online Gaming Sector to Keep 15% CAGR Despite GST

07 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Madras High Court Rejects Ban on Online Poker and Rummy

14 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Center Steps Back to Examine Online Gaming Regulation

03 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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India Loses ₹1 – ₹4 Lakh Crore by Not Regulating Gambling

25 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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States Concerned over Retroactive Taxation for Online Gaming Companies

09 Oct 2023 - Felicia Wijkander

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Center Reportedly Not Ready for Gaming Self-Regulation

02 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Supreme Court Stays Quashing of GST Case vs Gameskraft

12 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Andhra Pradesh to Reevaluate Rummy on Supreme Court Orders

01 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Skill Games Didn’t End Up with Heavier GST than Casinos

04 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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India’s Online Gaming Industry Faces a Rough Journey with States

11 Jul 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Gaming Apps Betway, Lotus365, Fun88 Not Affected by Indian Ban

05 Jun 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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First Shots of the Battle for Online Gaming SROs Fired

14 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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MeitY Notifies IT Rules, Chhattisgarh Game of Chance Ban in Force

14 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Gaming Industry Opposes New TDS Policy, GST Still Unclear

12 Mar 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Union Government Bans 232 Chinese Betting and Loan Apps

12 Feb 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Parimatch CEO: A Bird’s Eye View on the Indian Gambling Market

08 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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MEITY is the New Nodal Ministry for Online Gaming in India

29 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Indian Children’s Online Gaming Time will not be Limited

16 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov
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Centre Rumored to Bring In Federal Regulation for All Real-Money Games Online

06 Dec 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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TeamLease and Lumikai with New Reports on Indian Gaming Market

28 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Skill Gaming IМTF: Central Law and Extraterritorial Action

21 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Powerball smashes own world record with ₹16,400 crore jackpot!

13 Nov 2022 - Felicia Wijkander
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Government Amends IT Rules, Imposes New Requirements on Social Media

03 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh
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Deltatech to Go Public, Fund Online Gaming Segment

23 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh

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Tamil Nadu passes gambling ban bill

20 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Tamil Nadu issues Ordinance to ban online gambling in the state

10 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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LeoVegas and Royal Panda set to leave the Indian market

02 Sep 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Indian media asked to stop real money gambling advertisement

14 Jun 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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Evolution presents massive game release news for 2022!

10 Feb 2022 - Felicia Wijkander
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Kerala lifts online Rummy ban

30 Sep 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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Madras HC rejects Tamil Nadu online gambling ban

04 Aug 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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AIGF challenges Tamil Nadu’s Online Rummy ban

26 Mar 2021 - Felicia Wijkander

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New Online Gambling ban in Andhra Pradesh

09 Sep 2020 - Felicia Wijkander