Tamilnadu government on Friday had announced an ordinance that banned online gaming in the state. The governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit has declared a fine up to Rs 5,000. And imprisonment of up to six months.
As per the ordinance, the governor said that due to online gaming, innocent people mainly youngsters are being cheated and some people have committed suicide. He further added that the state has thus decided to ban online gaming to avoid such incidents of suicide and protect the innocent people from the evils of online gaming.’.
Recently Andhra Pradesh had also announced the same ordinance to ban online gaming.
This ban is especially for games that involve betting. In recent many news have come forward about the alleged suicides of men who lost money in online betting games.
Union Territory Puducherry wrote to the Centre seeking a similar action on such betting games like rummy, poker, etc. The ordinance promulgated by Purohit provides for provisions including, “banning the persons who are wagering or betting in cyberspace using computers or any communication device or resource. Common gaming houses and any electronic transfer of funds to distribute winnings or prize money has also been banned.
Many states are opposing online gambling or betting as there are very few regulations to control the number of players. And the investment that can be made in the game. Most adversaries of online games which includes gambling and betting have said that since there are no regulations and most players end up spending a lot of money for buy-in in these games.
Tamil Nadu joined its neighbors Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in banning some forms of online games and gambling. Karnataka also has been mulling a law to ban online games and gaming.