Tamil Nadu Stands Still On Online Gaming Ban

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Tamil Nadu’s online gaming panel, Justice K Chandru, has called for a complete ban on online gaming in the state despite the Centre already notifying related rules last week. Justice Chandru stated that regulation is not the solution and that the only way out is to ban such games in the state. Last year, the Tamil Nadu assembly passed the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Online Gambling and Regulation of Online Games Bill, 2022, which seeks to prohibit online gambling games, including rummy and poker, as well as regulate online gaming. The difference in gaming legislation between the state and the Centre could lead to a legal battle going forward. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) notified the rules for online gaming last week, following months of consultation. The minister of state for electronics and information technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, advised gaming companies to talk to the states or hold roadshows with representatives from the ministry of electronics and IT to clarify the new guidelines.It seems that the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, is hoping that the new rules for online gaming will create a more stable and predictable regulatory framework for startups operating in this sector. He noted that many startups have been facing confusion and difficulties dealing with ambiguous legal frameworks in different states. The new rules aim to address this issue and provide a more clear and consistent regulatory environment for online gaming companies in India.