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The Ins and Outs of Online Gambling in India: Laws and Legislation Explained

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Needless to say, the online gambling industry has dominated the world by storm. In a nutshell, gaming industries from across the globe are thriving. In particular, the Indian market has experienced significant growth throughout the last couple of years. More and more players are trying their hand out at casino games and just in general experience what the gambling world has to offer.

Whether they’re raising their stakes at floating casinos in India, abroad or online, Indian players have expressed a keen interest in gambling. This is illustrated in some stats and figures; by the end of 2020, the Indian market generated over 90 billion in Indian Rupees.

Whilst all this sounds great, there is one issue that India has been dealing with for years. Even though we are living in 2021, Indian lawmakers still abide by ancient gambling laws, some of which are over 154 years old! So, what does this mean for players and casino operators?

An Insight into India’s Gambling Laws

 

With reference to the Indian Constitution, it is stated that all forms of gambling are regulated at state level. In other words, this mean that each Indian state has its own laws and legislations when it comes to gambling, particularly when it comes to online casino games. Needless to say, players and operators aren’t happy about this since it’s severely impacting the industry.

This all boils down to one thing. As mentioned in earlier sections of this post, India remains stuck in the past as far as gambling rules are concerned. A prime example of this is the Public Gaming Act of 1867. This 134 legislative document was published during the British role. Evidently, such documents don’t make sense now that most of us have witnessed the advent of the internet and the continuous developments made in the technological field.

But alas, Indian lawmakers beg to differ. Let’s take a look at some statements in the Public Gaming Act of 1867. For starters, the operation of Indian casinos is strictly prohibited. So, is the assisting and visiting of these venues. On top of that, financial gambling, devices and anything remotely related to gambling is also forbidden. In fact, you can face a ₹200 fine or even face up to 3 months in prison.

The Act also defines gambling into two separate categories – Games of Chance and Games of Skill. The problem with this lies here – one cannot completely class a casino game as a Game of Skill or Chance. This is because certain games have hints of both skill and chance.

At the time of writing, India has identified only 13 card games as games of skill, including rummy and poker. As far as online betting goes, horse racing and cricket betting also fall under this category. Without a doubt, lots of reforms are in order if lawmakers want to see the industry really thrive in the years to come.

The Problem with Online Gambling

 

All this brings us to the main topic of this discussion – online gambling in India. Evidently, there is a dire need for more sensible laws to be imposed. Since lawmakers are still adamant to stick to incredibly archaic laws, this is causing a lot of problems for casino operators who want to set up shop in India.

What’s even more surprising is that all these acts and laws don’t even given an appropriate definition to what online gambling is. As of now, only states like Nagaland, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have chosen to update their anti-gambling policies. On top of that, they have also stated where they stand with online gambling. So far, it’s not good news.

 

Very recently, the state of Andhra Pradesh published its Gaming Ordinance. Initially, casino operators thought this would benefit them, but once again they couldn’t be more wrong. In other words, if you’re an operator, you can rule out the possibility of having online casinos set up in this state for the time being. On top of that, the ordinance has also issued a ban on all online games including games of skill. Of course, casino operators aren’t very happy about this and rightly so. In fact, they plan on appealing this at the Supreme Court.

That said, there is some good news to report here. As of now, the Supreme Court of Andhra Pradesh has stated that games of skill aren’t really linked to gambling and operators who offer these services are allowed to do us under the Indian Constitution.

Still, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for casino operators who want to offer casino games and services in the country. In fact, operators have had to deal with more acts such as the Information Technology Act of 2000. Given that it’s all about gambling one would think that the government is actually thinking about adequate solutions that would make both parties happy.

But alas, we’re back in square one. This act caused more harm than good as the blocking servers restricted operators from offering their services to Indian players. What’s more, we also have yet another example where no appropriate definition is given to online gambling. Let’s face it, the world is living and breathing gambling at this point. After all the industry is worth billions nowadays – so how can one not explain what online gambling is? The mind boggles.

We understand that lawmakers want to curb the rise of unregulated gambling from dodgy casinos, however, sticking to ancient laws will cause more problems in the long run.

 

Players Can Still Enjoy the Online Casino World

 

That said, there is a silver lining. Whilst operators still have to long road ahead of them, players can still enjoy their time online. In fact, you’ll find lots of reputable providers listed on Casinos-india.in. Given that this is an affiliate partner, the games and bonuses are obviously not offered by them. Instead, you are offered trusted offshore casino partners that are legally allowed to offer their services to Indian players.

As you can see, things aren’t so bad for players. That said, there are still some regulations you should keep in mind. Whilst you are required by law to choose an offshore licensed platform, it’s still your safest bet. In this way, you can avoid getting scammed by dodgy providers that still manage to slip through the cracks even though the situation is heavily regulated. Trust us when we say that rogue casinos offer rigged games and you’ll probably never get your winnings. In other words, avoid at all costs.

You can sign up to platforms that clearly state that they are licensed by reputable gaming bodies such as the Malta Gaming Authority.

One also has to keep in mind the legal gambling age. In this case, it’s generally 18 and over. However, some online casinos will require to be over 21 years of age. So, make sure you read all the Terms and Conditions carefully when you track down your desired provider. Finally, you can also join an offshore casino if it is Rupee-friendly. You can also avail from alternatives that allow conversions.

The Benefits of Legalizing Online Casinos

 

At this point, it’s fair to say that Indian gambling laws are all over the place. We can only hope that the situation changes over time. At the end of the day, the market and India in general can benefit from the legalizing and regulation of online casinos.

Whilst we acknowledge that there is a problem with unregulated gambling, the right regulations can mark a significant change in the way things are carried out in the country. Strict laws that don’t make sense will not solve anything; on the contrary, these will cause of more uproars by casino operators and in general more confusion. Simply put, the country needs to stick to one legislation that is able to fully regulate and license games of skill. The laws in place can then be supported by further regulations created by gaming bodies.

Given that Indian players are allowed to sign up to offshore platforms, lawmakers should consider making it official in India. In this way, India will get more recognition, whilst players can get a taste of the best online casino games, bonuses and more. Above everything else, they’ll still be signing up to safe and secure platforms that do things by the book.

Of course, a complete reform is needed when it comes to online gambling. That said, some progress has been made. For example, in states like Maharashtra, casino operators and lawmakers are constantly in talks with regard to how they can legalize and regulate online gambling. At this point, nothing is confirmed, but it’s a start.

In the long run, we really think that India can benefit form a regulated market. In fact, some statistics suggest that the country is losing over $140 million per year due to unregulated gambling. This can be solved if both casino operators and lawmakers can come to an agreement on how to offer a licensed and regulated market.

At the time of writing, the growth behind India’s online gambling market is driven by the middle class and the continuous development of the internet and advanced technologies. With a 50% penetration rate, there are 560 million internet users in the country. Needless to say, this is great considering India is in second place after China.

All we’ll say is don’t understatement the Indian market even though it’s one of the smaller ones. Clearly, it’s making it’s mark on the world and it’s very obvious that casino operators and players are keen. Keep in mind that this is something that wasn’t available in the past. Of course, lifestyles became more comfortable over the years. This also meant that people started expressing an interest in different things – online casino is one of them.

Legalizing online casinos will also offer more jobs. Without a doubt, this would be extremely beneficial to India since the country can compete within this competitive market. This can open more doors to more start-up businesses within the e-Commerce and iGaming sectors. On top of that, the Indian economy will also benefit from all this. Other job opportunities can also crop up if this is done properly. Some of these include employment within software development companies and online payments.

At the end of the day, a regulated market will not only put lawmakers’ minds at rest, but it also creates a safe space for players and operators who just want to do things by the book. This can be achieved if one carries out regular audits of casino operators that have been approved and regulated by the government.

This is the only way that the situation can be monitored and one is able to distinguish a good casino from a bad one.

Without a doubt, the interest in the online gambling world won’t be dying away any time soon. So let’s hope Indian lawmakers can get on board with more adequate regulations that make sense in this day and age.

 

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Slotsjudge Awarded Slots Review Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024

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Securing the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award at AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024 marked another crucial milestone in the expertise and professional growth of Slotsjudge. The reward from one of the most prestigious iGaming award ceremonies in the world did not only acknowledge the current achievements of Slotsjudge but also encouraged its further development and aspirations.

The Achievement and Its Significance

Slotsjudge took an honorable spot among the winners of the Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award. This achievement acclaimed Slotsjudge’s mastery and expertise in the iGaming industry, fueling the company’s development and future incentives for providing first-rate online entertainment to customers and enhancing their knowledge of the iGaming trends.

The Essence of the Award

The 3rd annual AffPapa iGaming Awards ceremony took place on May 27th, 2024 in Malaga, Spain with the main goal of honoring the industry’s leading affiliates, operators, and B2B providers and rewarding their dedication to improving the iGaming sector and introducing breakthrough approaches to online entertainment.

AffPapa is a major trendsetter in the iGaming industry, whose acknowledgment stimulates the growth of international online entertainment providers and lays out the right courses of action for everyone involved in enriching and diversifying the online gaming experience for customers.

Future Outlook

“The Slots Review Affiliate of the Year award is a sign that Slotsjudge is doing a great job at keeping customers up-to-date with innovations in the iGaming field, which is constantly changing and evolving,” stated Jekaterina Dubnicka, the Marketing and Communications Manager at Slotsjudge. “It gives us a powerful incentive to move forward and constantly broaden our expertise.”

The award is not only a prestigious and valuable acknowledgment but also a powerful stimulus to the operations and services provided by Slotsjudge and other acclaimed slot review affiliates.

“In this award, we see an opportunity to prove ourselves to the public once again, to show that Slotsjudge lives up to the title of the Slots Affiliate of the Year and that our work largely contributes to the industry’s advancement,” remarked Pauls Spakovskis, a game expert at Slotsjudge. “Our main goal is to show that we are doing everything to move the iGaming sector forward, and the AffPapa award is the best indicator of that.”

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E2 Communications next one to join Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates

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E2 Communications next one to join Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates

 

Quality Mark Responsible Affiliates was launched recently. QMRA is a Quality Mark for international iGaming affiliates, servicing the following markets: The UK, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Ontario, Estonia, Poland, Belgium and USA Michigan.

Various websites and companies joined us already. Game Lounge, Applied Digital Media, Gaming Innovation Group, Leadstar Media, Betterworldcasinos, Place2Bet and more.

Today, E2 Communications applied for QMRA. E2 Communications is a privately owned international digital agency with a focus on sports and sports betting. The company’s service portfolio comprises an international marketing portfolio, the technical infrastructure for the distribution of digital adverts as well as a portfolio of innovative social gaming products, which allows for addressing a target group with a strong interest in sports.

The QMRA Compliance team will conduct compliance checks for the offered websites. E2 Communications is known for a highly responsible approach when it comes to regulatory compliance, which makes this a logical decision.

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2025 editions ICE and iGB Affiliate will be the biggest gathering of gambling professionals of all time

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2025 editions ICE and iGB Affiliate will be the biggest gathering of gambling professionals of all time

 

Following what it’s describing as an ‘unprecedented response’ to the unique exhibiting opportunities available at The Gran Via, Barcelona Clarion Gaming has confirmed that January’s edition of ICE/iGB Affiliate will be the biggest meeting of the global gambling industry on record featuring 1,000+ exhibitors occupying 120,000 sqm of space – 20% bigger than at London 2024.

In an update to stakeholders Clarion Gaming Managing Director Stuart Hunter said: “The 2025 editions of ICE and iGB Affiliate are already reaching capacity despite the show floor being 20% bigger than in 2024 which itself established a new record.” He added: “As part of the Barcelona bid to host ICE/iGB Affiliate, we ensured that we had access to the entire Gran Via campus comprising over 200,000 sqm, allowing the opportunity  to secure more space as and when the industry required.

“Whilst we had the option to utilise more space for 2025, we have taken the strategic decision to cap the size of the 2024 show at 120,000 sqm in order to pursue a structured and sustainable growth plan in line with our customer’s needs and which is also designed to deliver optimum visitor density.

“There has been a huge demand for space both from existing exhibitors and those businesses wanting to show at ICE/iGB Affiliate for the first time. Whilst Clarion is a commercial organisation, we also recognise that as partners to the industry we carry numerous responsibilities which in this case means expanding the show but in a controlled and measured manner and in line with the growth of the industry. This is a continuation of the strategy implemented when the first edition of ICE to take place at ExCeL in 2013 comprised 31,000 sqm. Each year we have grown the show floor in line with a campaign to grow the buy-side attendance and therefore increase return on investment for all participants.”

Addressing the composition of the show Hunter added: “As well as their physical size we are curating the make-up of the exhibitions ensuring that they reflect the industry covering every sector. Our overarching objective is to ensure that ICE and iGB Affiliate reflect the needs of the totality of the global industry and the migration to Barcelona enhances our ability to deliver this.”

ICE/iGBA 2025 will occupy 120,000 gross sqm of The Gran Via across Halls 1 (iGB Affiliate) and 2-5 (ICE). An additional 120,000 sqm has been reserved exclusively for ICE/iGBA across the five-year tenancy.

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