The state of Karnataka put in place a new law on Tuesday, which prohibits online games involving betting and betting, and any act of risking money, or otherwise on the unknown outcome of an event including on a game of skill. According to a report by Reuters, Mobile Premier League (MPL) was among the first services to start blocking access to Karnataka users on Wednesday. Also Read – RCB vs MI IPL Match Today At 7pm: How To Watch Online For Free
Online betting games prohibited
According to the report, the MPL app became inaccessible to users in Karnataka and was showing “Sorry! Your state law does not allow you to play fantastic sports ”,“ fantastic games are locked ”and“ gambling is locked ”. Paytm Games is also not accessible to users in Karnataka. Also Read – CSK vs KKR IPL Match Today 2pm: How To Watch Online For Free
Dream11 remained operational at the time, but Paytm First Games was not. Dream11 continues to remain active according to various online reports. Also read – Tech tips: How to send money via Google Pay, PhonePe, PayTM without Internet
Karnataka is the latest Indian state to have banned online gambling involving money in India after Telangana, Assam, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to name a few. Tamil Nadu had imposed similar bans, but these were overturned by its high court at the time.
This is an important time for fantasy sports platforms given that IPL 2021 is currently underway and is one of the biggest sports tournaments in India. According to Reuters report that Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are very important regions for online gaming, accounting for around 20% of total business activity. As a result, players and some companies were planning to challenge Karnataka’s new law in court.
If bans across the country continue to escalate, it could hit the new and burgeoning online gaming industry very hard. It would also put the country in a bad light, given that many foreign investors have invested heavily in such companies in recent months.