ARE YOU SKILLED ENOUGH TO TAKE A CHANCE? A LEGAL AND REGULATORY ANALYSIS OF GAMBLING LAWS IN INDIA – Eshwars
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ARE YOU SKILLED ENOUGH TO TAKE A CHANCE? A LEGAL AND REGULATORY ANALYSIS OF GAMBLING LAWS IN INDIA

Authored by Padma Akila & Vishaka S

Digital entertainment and online gaming platforms have assumed unprecedented user and subscription base over the last few years and the pandemic has further provided the timely thrust that such businesses needed in a long time. In this article we will briefly walk you through the basic legal aspects prevalent in India that govern the business of online and virtual gaming.

The online gaming business boomed and is still continuing to receive its share of active gamers who are fascinated by the digitally developed conventional games that enable you to play with other gamers from any other part of the world or in certain cases, with the computer technology itself! . With the technological development that has resulted in playing games with computer through artificial intelligence-based software designed for the same, certain online games have again fallen under the radar to settle the dispute of whether they are a game of chance or game of skill.

In this regard, it is pertinent to note that under the Constitution of India, the state legislatures have been entrusted with the power to frame state specific laws on betting and gambling (games of chance). The Public Gambling Act, 1867 (

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