Tamil Nadu Online Gaming Regulation Ordinance
The Tamil Nadu High Court struck down the law banning all forms of online gaming in 2021. The cabinet of the state government approved the Tamil Tamil Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation ofOnline Games Ordinance, 2022 on October 03, and sent it to the governor for assent. On October 07, the Governor gave his assents to it.
Tamil Nadu Online Gaming Regulation Ordinance is effective. It bans online gambling and playing games of chance for money. There is no exemption for games involving cards, dice, wheel, random or event generator. The Ordnance also prohibits playing Rummy and Poker for stakes. Banks, financial institutions and payment gateway providers are restricted from facilitating transfer of funds for participating in online games. Online games operators are classified into "Local Online Games Providers" and "Non-Local online Games providers".
Tamil Nadu Online Gaming Regulation Ordinance reiterates the existing ban on online gambling. It also prohibits playing Rummy and Poker for money or stakes. Online games operators have been classified into “Local Online Games Providers” and ‘Non-Local online Games providers’. The Regulator will oversee the operation of online gaming service providers. The Regulation will also regulate the regulation of the online games industry. Banks, financial institutions and payment gateway providers are restricted from facilitating transfer of funds for participating in online betting or Rummikaball.
Tamil Nadu has passed an online gaming regulation ordinance. Other southern states have taken inspiration from Tamil Nadu's approach. Kerala and Karnataka had tried to ban online games in 2021, but the bans were struck down by the state high courts. The high court rulings were challenged before the Indian Supreme Court and are pending.