Breaking this undergoing rule could potentially make you face over a year in jail for repeated convictions. Including those who dare organize online betting platforms and events
This past Thursday, September 3rd, a decision was made by the Andhra Pradesh government in regards to online betting platforms. The information Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, who is the head of the state cabinet, decided to ban online gambling and games such as rummy and poker alleging to be “for the protection of the youth”.
State president Somu Veerraju confirmed the measure after taking to social media some claims he made against iGaming prior to this ban. At the time he called for some gaming sites to be banned, stating that the industry has caused a negative impact in the economic development in the state and created addiction on players.
Tension with the chinese government rises yet again
This is the second time recently that the country has taken measures in regards to banning gaming and other apps in general. Rising tension with the chinese government has led the country to take out chinese games and platforms from being downloaded across India for privacy concerns as many users started to complain about their personal data being stolen and mismanaged out of borders.
Gambling is not actually blocked
In a weird turn of events, it turns out that gambling apps and websites offering any kind of gambling services won’t actually be blocked, they can still be accessed, but using said services can get you prosecuted.
Actually, an absence of legislation involving online gambling, has made this matter fall into a grey area.
Principal secretary at the state home department, Kumar Vishwajeet, added: “We are not saying we will block anything. We are saying that if we catch someone indulging in online gambling, we will put them in jail”.
That’s pretty much like being prohibited from eating cookies while your mom still leaves the cookie jar right in the middle of your kitchen… with the lid open.