MeitY releases draft amendments for regulation of online gaming; Here’s everything you need to know – Explainer

New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has proposed amendments to the IT (Intermediate Guidelines and Code of Ethics for Digital Media) Regulations 2021 to regulate online gaming in India. We have published the proposed amendments for public discussion and solicited public feedback by January 17, 2023.

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According to the proposed amendments, MeitY aims to ensure that online gaming intermediaries (platforms) follow due diligence through self-regulation and mandatory player verification.

A few days ago, the central government made MeitY the main ministry for online game regulation. The government aims to force online gaming platforms to follow the IT Regulations, 2021 and Verified Users/Players before allowing them to play on the platform.

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Additionally, to follow additional due diligence, all online games have a registration mark to verify registration from self-regulatory bodies. The online gaming intermediary is compelled to inform the user of its policies regarding withdrawal or refund of deposits, methods of determining and distributing winnings, fees and other charges payable, and her KYC procedures for user account registration. .

Betting on online games may also be prohibited once the proposed amendments take effect.

Self-regulatory bodies are registered with the Ministry and are members and can register online games of online game brokers that meet certain criteria. Such bodies also resolve complaints through grievance remediation mechanisms.

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Online gaming has so far been unregulated and controversial in India. We have seen many cases in the past where users were tricked or coerced into spending hundreds of thousands of rupees, especially on teenagers.