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GST Collection Confirms Center’s Stand on Online Games

While industry and government argue in court about the retrospective aspect of GST on online games, raised tax collection confirms the government was right.

04 Feb 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Anil Malani

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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Online Gaming Cos Woes Will Be Heard by the Supreme Court

The Center and the country's gaming industry are gearing up for a final clash in a mage case at the Supreme Court combining all...

12 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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


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

The Finance Ministry informs the Parliament on the situation with ₹1.12 crore tax notices to the gaming industry while Supreme Court litigation is pending.

21 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Ajit Pawar

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 Maharashtra LA Repealed Casinos Act, 1976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


Indian Online Gaming Sector to Keep 15% CAGR Despite GST

Indian real money gaming will slow its growth but remain strong at 15% CAGR, says EY, while Center informs Parliament on GST demands against...

07 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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


Madras High Court Rejects Ban on Online Poker and Rummy

The distinction between games of skill & chance is still valid, and States can only regulate online games of skill with money, the Madras...

14 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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

Amit Shah

Center Steps Back to Examine Online Gaming Regulation

The government's enthusiasm to regulate online money gaming has been cooled off by the sheer complexity of the matter, and a GoM will look...

03 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Amitesh Kumar

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


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

India is losing huge amounts from not taxing online gambling; a report by Think Change Forum gives estimates on the numbers.

25 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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States Concerned over Retroactive Taxation for Online Gaming Companies

The 52nd GST Council meet brought up concern regarding retroactive taxation, and the threat the hiked GST poses to the gaming Industry.

09 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


Center Reportedly Not Ready for Gaming Self-Regulation

The Union Ministries will have to harmonize their views on online gaming before industry self-regulation can go ahead.

02 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Bombay HC

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 Stays Quashing of GST Case vs Gameskraft

The major redesigns of India's legal and tax framework over online gaming might be about to bring a fundamental shift in Supreme and High...

12 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

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh to Reevaluate Rummy on Supreme Court Orders

The new IT Rules are already changing the game for the States wanting to ban online gaming fully, and Andhra Pradesh is the first...

01 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

M. K. Stalin

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

The 51st Meet of the GST Council brought some clarity and relief to the distressed homegrown online gaming industry after the recent GST hike...

04 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Bombay HC

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


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

Many challenges lay ahead of India’s gaming industry as some States continue to push for prohibition despite Central efforts to regulate the fast-growing sector.

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

Central Government efforts to effectively ban foreign sports betting and casino apps have yet to deliver the desired results.

05 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


First Shots of the Battle for Online Gaming SROs Fired

Businesses, industry bodies, and the government have locked horns over how the key regulators of the Indian online gaming space will be shaped.

14 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Felicia Wijkander

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

India gets its first national online gaming regulations and its first responsible gaming measure, while another state bans online games of chance.

14 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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


Gaming Industry Opposes New TDS Policy, GST Still Unclear

The gaming industry urges the Government to rethink TDS and GST changes that would put the sector at a competitive disadvantage against offshore gaming...

12 Mar 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

IT Rules

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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Union Government Bans 232 Chinese Betting and Loan Apps

MeitY bans 232 unlicensed betting and loan lending apps linked to China on emergency request by the Home Ministry.

12 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


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

Anton Rublievskyi doesn’t spare anything about the Indian gambling scene, the lack of regulations, the lobbying, and the need for responsible gaming policies.

08 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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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MEITY is the New Nodal Ministry for Online Gaming in India

Following Task Force recommendations, the Govt names MEITY as the nodal ministry for online gaming, I&B continues to oversee code of ethics and advertising.

29 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


Indian Children’s Online Gaming Time will not be Limited

Central Govt is aware of risks posed by online gaming, but India doesn’t plan to limit children’s game time like China, Minister of State...

16 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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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Centre Rumored to Bring In Federal Regulation for All Real-Money Games Online

Union government reportedly planning to end the skill vs chance debate with a universal regulation on the online gaming market.

06 Dec 2022 - Staffan Bergh


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

Indian Online Gaming Market

TeamLease and Lumikai with New Reports on Indian Gaming Market

Reports for 2022 by TeamLease Digital and Lumikai on the Indian online gaming market examine its growth trajectory and job creation perspectives.

28 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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Skill Gaming IМTF: Central Law and Extraterritorial Action

Online skill gaming Inter-Ministerial Panel calls Public Gambling Act inadequate and proposes new central law with extraterritorial action.

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


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

Powerball improves the world record for "largest lottery prize ever," with the winning ticket taking home a $2.04 billion prize.

13 Nov 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


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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Government Amends IT Rules, Imposes New Requirements on Social Media

Amended IT Rules create a Grievance Appellate Committee, require social media to take down illegal and harmful content, review account blocks

03 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh


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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Delta Corp

Deltatech to Go Public, Fund Online Gaming Segment

India’s leading land-based gambling group lists its online gaming tech subsidiary on stock markets.

23 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

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu passes gambling ban bill

The ordinance promulgated on the 7th of October has now been approved by the TN Assembly, banning online gambling, rummy, and poker.

20 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

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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

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu issues Ordinance to ban online gambling in the state

Tamil Nadu issues second ordinance in two years, seeking to ban online gambling and regulate online gaming.

10 Oct 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


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


LeoVegas and Royal Panda set to leave the Indian market

LeoVegas & Royal Panda players to migrate in September Desi players will have to bid […]

02 Sep 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


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


Indian media asked to stop real money gambling advertisement

Betting website ads pose risk for consumers, I&B says While guidelines on what is allowed […]

14 Jun 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


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

Big Time Gaming

Evolution presents massive game release news for 2022!

Evolution has 2022 filled with exciting new games Yesterday, Evolution took us through what could […]

10 Feb 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


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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Kerala lifts online Rummy ban

Kerala HC calls online Rummy ban unconstitutional The Kerala High Court has shot down a […]

30 Sep 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


Madras HC rejects Tamil Nadu online gambling ban

Online games are back in business in TN after HC decision In February this year, […]

04 Aug 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


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


AIGF challenges Tamil Nadu’s Online Rummy ban

Tamil Nadu Gaming Act amendments face potential backlash A little over a month has passed […]

26 Mar 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


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

Andhra Pradesh

New Online Gambling ban in Andhra Pradesh

Jail-time for illegal Andhra Pradesh gambling The Minister of Transport, Information and PR, Perni Venkataramaiah, […]

09 Sep 2020 - Felicia Wijkander

Anil Malani

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

17 Jan 2024 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

IT Rules

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

29 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Baccarat, a Game of Baccarat: How It All Began

07 Dec 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Delhi HC

Center Defends Online Gaming IT Rules before Delhi HC

23 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Kindred Group Open About Revenue from High-Risk Gamblers

06 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Bombay HC at Goa

Courts in Goa and Sikkim Freeze GST Action against Delta

26 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


ED Brings in Bollywood Stars for Questioning over Mahadev Involvement

11 Oct 2023 - Felicia Wijkander

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New GST Reality a Fact: Online Gaming Takes the Punch

03 Oct 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Supreme Court Deliberates on Tamil Nadu’s Gaming Bans

26 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Fourth SRO Proposed, Skill in Rummy and Poker Measured

05 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Parliament Adopts GST Council Recommendations on Gaming

14 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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

14 Jul 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


AIGF and EGF/FIFS have Proposed Online Gaming SROs

12 Jun 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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Karnataka HC Quashes GST Enforcement Ambitions

21 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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

30 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


TN Assembly Unanimous behind New Online Gaming Ban

25 Mar 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Finance Bill

Finance Bill 2023 Proposes Changes to TDS on Game Winnings

22 Feb 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Allocation of Business Rules

MEITY and Industry Discuss IT Rules Amendments for Online Gaming

22 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Delta Corp

Delta Corp Files Legal Action against Goa Government

31 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


Three-Year Study Reveals the Dangers of Loot Boxes

20 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Celebrity Endorsement

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

07 Dec 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

BMM Testlabs

BMM Testlabs to Elevate Gaming Knowledge in India

29 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Al Marjan

Wynn will be the First Casino Operator in UAE

21 Nov 2022 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov
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Online Gaming Industry Challenges New Tamil Nadu Ban

14 Nov 2022 - Staffan Bergh

“Zero Covid” policy

Hard Times Continue for Casinos in Macau

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

27 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh
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Delta Corp

Delta Corp Profits Keep Rising, Hospitality Only a Minor Share

20 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh


Meghalaya Backtracks on Casino Regulation, Cites Moral Grounds

19 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh


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

20 Sep 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


Evolution Acquires Game Provider Nolimit City

23 Jun 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


Indian government has formed online gaming regulation panel

31 May 2022 - Felicia Wijkander

Andar Bahar

Pragmatic Play releases two new Indian Live Casino tables

06 Oct 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


Karnataka gambling ban to take effect on 13 September 2021

06 Sep 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


Goa & Uttar Pradesh clamp down on online gambling

22 Jun 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


Amendment bill suggests online gambling ban in Tamil Nadu.

09 Feb 2021 - Felicia Wijkander