Madhya Pradesh Government To Bring a Law To Regulate Online Gaming
On 20th November, the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra, declared that the state government would shortly bring a law to regulate online gaming in the state. The Home Minister stated that the home government has already prepared a draft of the law. These extreme steps are being taken by considering the increase in gaming addiction and an accident that happened earlier this year where a young boy committed suicide while playing an online game.
Mishra claims that the law draft to regulate online gaming is ready
While speaking to one of the reporters, Mishra said, “We are going to bring an Act in Madhya Pradesh to regulate online gaming. The draft is ready and will be brought to the Cabinet for final approval.” Following this, he added that the Madhya Pradesh state government is also considering forming a regulatory body to control online gaming in the state.
In January 2022, an 11-year-old boy committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh while playing Free Fire. After this incident, Mishra announced that the Madhya Pradesh government would soon bring in a law to regulate online gaming earlier this year. “The Free Fire game that caused the tragic incident is a very serious issue. We will bring an Act in Madhya Pradesh to regulate online gaming,” said Mishra.
Mishra highlighted an increase in the number of instances of kids becoming addicted to online gaming. He further referred to the statement he made earlier this year about introducing legislation to control gaming apps on mobile devices. “We will be making amendments in the public gambling act and a law to regulate online gaming platforms will be introduced soon,” said Mishra.
This is not the first time an Indian state government has tried to regulate or impose a ban on online gaming. Prior to this, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet approved an ordinance banning online gaming with stakes in the state. Furthermore, the Madras High Court initiated a public interest litigation asking the government of India to ban violent online games.
The government of India has already banned the two most popular battle royale games, PUBG Mobile and Free Fire, in the country under section 69A of the IT Act 2000. Furthermore, it has also recently suspended Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), the Indian variant of PUBG Mobile, under the same act. It is important to note that banning games has repercussions on the entire esports of the country.