Online Gaming Ban Tamil Nadu Epwa Request Dont Brand Skill Based Gamers As Gamblers Criminalise
Tamil Nadu government is looking to introduce regulations on online gaming. There have been at least 20 deaths by suicide in the state due to financial debts from online games. The non-profit EPWA wants the government to not criminalise online skill-based gamers. The government will take a call after reviewing the report. It constituted a committee led by former Madras High Court judge K Chandru to look into the issue.
As online gaming gained popularity, several Indian states have tried to ban such games. Tamil Nadu Epwa request Dont Brand Skill Based Gamers As Gamblers Criminalising Online Gaming.
Tamil Nadu Epwa wants to avoid branding online gamers as gamblers. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in July that online gaming is gambling. GoM met industry representatives to discuss the valuation approach for GST on online games. They heard the legal distinction between online 'games of skill' and 'game of chance'. They are different business activities protected under Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution. EPWA has over 13,000 registered members and spans over 24 states.