The online gaming industry on Monday collectively urged the government to set up a self-regulatory body to standardise regulations for the entire online skill gaming sector and not just fantasy sports. This was in response to a draft paper by the Niti Aayog that set guidelines for the industry last month. Sameer Barde, CEO, The Online Rummy Federation, tells Dhruv Munjal that a common regulatory body is a must, while arguing that the negative perception around real-money games in now changing. Edited excerpts:
What are the recommendations that you’ve made to the Niti Aayog?
Firstly, I think it’s a brilliant move to have regulations for the online gaming industry. But at the same time, it’s important to understand that fantasy games are only a small part of the entire skill-based gaming ecosystem. All the games available today — rummy, poker, bridge, ches
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