One of India’s most popular gaming apps, Dream11 which is backed by Tiger Global, is facing a police case in the state of Karnataka for alleged violation of a new local law that forbids online gaming.
The state law, which came into effect this week, bans online games involving betting and wagering and “any act of risking money, or otherwise on the unknown result of an event including on a game of skill”. Moreover, this is perhaps the first case registered after amending the law to curb online gaming. It says that this is an online fantasy sports platform for people who risk their money and try to score maximum points and win exciting cash prizes worth crores.
The case was registered by one of the Bengaluru Cab Drivers, Manjunath on 7 October. Deputy Commissioner of Police (west) Sanjeev M Patil told the news sources that a case has been registered under Section 79 (Keeping common gaming house) and 80 (Gaming in common gaming-house) of Karnataka Police Act, 1963 against the owners of Dream Sports that is Harsh Jain and Bhavit Sheth.
Further, Manjunath unveiled that besides banning online gaming platforms which hike the risk of personal life and money, Dream11 is still a play store and people are using it, as it provides a lucrative amount of money.
This platform attracts people by saying, “Absolutely! Lots of players have already won big prizes on Dream11 and you can too. We host different kinds of cash contests, each with its own entry fee and prize money. Choose a contest that you want to play, defeat the competition, and celebrate big wins.”
Also, when contacted, a spokesperson of Dream11 said, “We believe the complaint is motivated and are examining our legal remedies. We are a responsible, law-abiding company and will extend our full cooperation to all authorities.”
Notably, many gaming applications like Mobile Premier league (MPL), Paytm First Games have blocked access to users in Karnataka following the modification of the new law. However, startup lobbyist All India Gaming Federation said that it would challenge the government order in court.