Karnataka: Bangalore electronic game companies plan to challenge ban decision | Bangalore News
The Karnataka assembly decision came as a shock to the industry, especially since Bengaluru has always been seen as the focal point of India’s computing prowess, innovation with an abundance of manpower. cutting edge work.
“Karnataka will lose gambling jobs and income”
A ban in Karnataka, which some say is home to nearly 100 game companies and thousands of developers, graphic designers, gamers and other professionals, is a blow to the gaming industry which is still in its infancy in India.
The industry is all the more surprised as the move comes weeks after Tamil Nadu’s high court overturned a state government decision seeking to ban online gambling.
The main concern of various governments when it comes to gambling comes from the apprehension that it encourages gambling, although there have been various judgments in the past – including at the Supreme Court – that have endorsed “gambling. skill-based ‘versus’ the game based on chance ” play.
“It is unfortunate that despite the unequivocal jurisprudence of the Supreme Court and precedents in various high courts, the Karnataka Amendment Law prohibits games of skill. It is all the more distressing that this decision was taken by Karnataka, which was until then the startup and technology capital of India, ”Dinker Vashisht, head of business affairs at Games, told TOI. 24X7.
The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said the bill to ban gambling was drafted “without taking into account different legal and constitutional positions.” “IAMAI believes the bill could undermine Karnataka’s position as the country’s startup hub and result in loss of jobs and income for the state. There are 92 registered gaming companies in Bengaluru employing over 4,000 people. ”