The billion dollar mess at the heart of Indian gaming
- Online real-money gaming has attracted investor interest as well as the ire of state governments. Is there a way out?
- All manner of online games which involve real money—rummy, poker and fantasy sports—are inviting greater scrutiny from state governments over gambling and addiction worries
In a photograph, V.H. Vineeth appears chic, sporting a goatee and a cap. The 29-year-old used to work for a contractor at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. When the covid-19 pandemic struck the country in early 2020, his employer let him go. Without a job and largely confined to his house, Vineeth took to online rummy, a card game that is often played for stakes. He had heard from his friends that it is possible to make money via online games.