The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has implemented new rules to safeguard online gamers from dangerous content and addiction. For the internet gambling industry, a self-regulation model has been implemented, where SROs will authorize the games that can function in the country in conformity with the laws.
Online games that are involved in wagering and betting will fall foul of the new rules. Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told reporters that “permissible online games are those games, real money or otherwise, that do not involve wagering, user harm in its content and do not create any addictive consequences for children.”
Self Regulatory Organizations will decide whether or not an online game is legal based on whether or not it incorporates wagering or betting. Initally, the government will only notify three SROs, although it may do so in the future.
The new rules aim at preventing self-harm and psychological harm from online gaming. Also it will safeguard children from inappropriate or harmful online games by using parental or access control and age-rating mechanisms.
It will reduce gaming addiction, financial fraud and financial loss and will ensure that online real money games are not against the interests of sovereignty and integrity of India.
“The release of the new online gaming rules is a watershed moment for the industry, as it recognizes online gaming intermediaries and distinguishes them from gambling. The rules will go a long way in helping India to become a global leader in gaming and also contribute to the continued success of Brand India and Create in India." - Sai Srinivas, CEO and Co-Founder of MPL