AIGF urges states to take proactive approach to online gaming regulation

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The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) has called on states to take a proactive approach to develop robust policy frameworks for the online gaming industry.

Esports and e-gaming are going to play an important part in the Indian economy, it said, citing a study that predicts the Indian gaming market will hit $6-7 billion by 2025 from $1.8 billion at present.

It said the state governments have a role to play in pushing a proactive approach to creating regulation, which will be a catalyst for growth. 

“India has more than 200 million e-gamers playing across more than 200 platforms. E-sports and e-gaming, under the umbrella of digital economy growth, are going to play an important role in the Indian economy. “To encourage this, the e-gaming industry needs robust policy frameworks and digital infrastructure to foray towards being a global leader,” PK Mishra, president of All India Gaming Federation, said.

Skill-based online gaming is legal in India, although there is no federal legislation and each individual state decides its approach. The legal patchwork has led to a push and pull situation between courts and government, with several states attempting to ban online gambling, only to have the ban overturned in High Court appeals.