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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


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


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


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

Atishi Singh

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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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


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

Additional Solicitor General

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


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

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


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

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

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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


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

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


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


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


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

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

Finance Bill

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

Allocation of Business Rules

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


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

Allocation of Business Rules

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


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


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

Celebrity Endorsement

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


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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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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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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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

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

Information Technology Act 2000

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Delhi HC

Center Defends Online Gaming IT Rules before Delhi HC

23 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Amit Shah

Center Steps Back to Examine Online Gaming Regulation

03 Nov 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

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DPDPA is set to Influence India’s Online Gambling Landscape

06 Oct 2023 - Felicia Wijkander


Supreme Court Deliberates on Tamil Nadu’s Gaming Bans

26 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh to Reevaluate Rummy on Supreme Court Orders

01 Sep 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Allocation of Business Rules

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

04 Aug 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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


First Shots of the Battle for Online Gaming SROs Fired

14 May 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov

Allocation of Business Rules

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

14 Apr 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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


Chhattisgarh Bans Games of Chance with Swift Moves

05 Jan 2023 - Nikolay Kr. Nikolov


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

Central Law

Skill Gaming IМTF: Central Law and Extraterritorial Action

21 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


Meghalaya Backtracks on Casino Regulation, Cites Moral Grounds

19 Oct 2022 - Staffan Bergh


Curaçao to create new, stricter gambling regulation

13 Jul 2022 - Felicia Wijkander


Indian government has formed online gaming regulation panel

31 May 2022 - Felicia Wijkander
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Why we have removed Tamil Nadu from restricted states in India

24 Sep 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


Bombay HC questions Ludo’s legality following petition

24 Jun 2021 - Felicia Wijkander


Karnataka & Kerala makes a move on online gambling regulation

22 Feb 2021 - Felicia Wijkander