India roundup: fantasy sports and Kerala lottery

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has ruled that online fantasy games require skill and therefore can’t be considered gambling, which is illegal.

The observations were made by Justice Amit Rawal recently after a resident of Chandigarh, Varun Gumber, approached the court claiming that he had been a victim of illegal gambling on fantasycricket.dream11.com.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram government has called off sale of its lottery in Kerala, a report by News18 channel on Friday said. Mizoram withdrew its lottery from Kerala in view of the LDF government in Kerala objecting to its sale in the state, The government claimed there were irregularities in the printing and distribution of Mizoram lottery tickets in Kerala.

Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac said the withdrawal was a triumph of the determination shown by the LDF government to save the state from the ‘lottery mafia’.

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Resorts World Genting is expecting the opening of the Twentieth Century Fox World theme park to drive up the number of Indian visitors to the resort.

IndiaTuesday, Dec 05, 2017

The Gujarat High Court on Monday has rejected the petition from poker clubs seeking for poker to be recognized as a skill game, and has ruled it as a game of chance.

IndiaFriday, Dec 01, 2017

Westbridge Capital has sold part of its stake in soon-to-be-listed Nazara Games for $51 million, marking the largest private investment in the gaming space in India to date.

IndiaSunday, Nov 26, 2017

Total profit of Kerala’s lottery department is expected to decrease 6 to 8 percent this fiscal year, due to the implementation of new GST rules and a revision of the lottery ticket price structure earlier this year.

IndiaWednesday, Nov 22, 2017

Online gaming operator Stride Games has acquired a 51 percent stake in Indian rummy operator Passion Gaming for $3.75 million.

IndiaMonday, Nov 20, 2017

The Gujarat High Court has dismissed a petition seeking permission for poker and rummy to be played at a city club, local media reports.

IndiaWednesday, Nov 15, 2017

Online rummy operators Ace2Three and Rummycircle have announced the launch of a new not-for-profit federation aimed at empowering the online rummy industry.