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Online Gaming Should Be Regulated to Save Youth from Being Trapped: Madras High Court [Read Order]

Lawstreet Journal 27 Jul 2020 11:35pm

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On Friday 24 July 2020, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the government to look into the matter regarding regulation and monitoring of online games, such as rummy, poker, bridge, etc, that are attracting unemployed youth of the country and enticing them into betting their money.

The Bench observed, “Not only in the State of Tamil Nadu but also in the entire Country, such online games… are mushrooming and there are so many advertisements appearing in almost all the social media and websites. It appears these advertisements are mostly targeting the unemployed youth, inducing them to play such games, on the pretext of earning money comfortably from their home.”

The present case was related to offline games, however, the Bench asked the Police about online games, such as rummy, running in the state. The Police informed the Court that currently there is no rule regulating or licensing online gaming, to which the Court replied, “This Court hopes and trusts that this Government shall take note of the present alarming situation and pass suitable legislation, thereby, regulating and controlling such online gaming through license… Needless to say that if the Government intends to pass legislation in this regard, all the stakeholders should be put in the notice and their views should be ascertained.”

The Court shed light on the fact that it is not against online gaming, but is “anguished” when came to know that there is no regulatory body for such online gaming activities.

The Bench opined, “To regulate the physical… Continue Reading...

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