Sameer Barde, chief executive officer of The Online Rummy Federation sat down with Asia Gaming Brief Managing Editor Sharon Singleton to discuss the outlook for his industry in India. Barde related that online rummy is growing at a remarkable pace in the subcontinent, but still faces challenges. The largest of the concerns is the movement in some high population states to try to ban online gaming, including rummy which has already been ruled legal by India’s Supreme Court as a skill game. The effort to educate both the public and policymakers about rummy’s status as a skill game must continue, he says.
The Philippines has banned foreigners from entering the country and returning overseas Filipinos from March 20 until April 19 after a new Covid spike and new variants.
With continued and future disruptions on land-based casino revenues, industry executives are asking whether online casino platforms, which have seen rapid growth rates, can play a role in assisting stalled revenue lines and help them move beyond these difficult times.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.