Amendment to the IT Rules, 2021

  • 08 Apr 2023

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has released an amendment to the IT Rules, 2021, to regulate "online real money games”.

  • The I&B Ministry objected to recent instances of mainstream English and Hindi newspapers carrying such advertisements and warned of legal action for non-compliance.
  • MeitY's amendment to the IT Rules requires real money gaming platforms to register with a self-regulatory body (SRB) to determine whether the game is "permissible."
  • Three SRBs will be recognized soon.
  • Games that are not deemed "permissible" may not get protection under the amendment, and states may take action against them for being gambling or betting platforms.