Delink the good, bad and ugly of online gaming for apt regulation
Imposing rules can be helpful so long as fine distinctions are made on what’s okay and what’s not
During the winter session of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party member Sushil Kumar Modi urged the government to come up with a “comprehensive framework" to regulate online gaming. While this may seem progressive, he made the case for regulation by conflating legal online gaming with illegal betting and gambling. Unfortunately, online gaming is grossly misunderstood, even though India is home to over 275 gaming companies, more than 15,000 game developers, and around 300 million gamers. Even technology hubs like Karnataka and Telangana have inadvertently stymied their own industry on the back of calls for bans on betting and gambling. It’s time to delink the good, bad and the ugly.