Several online gaming websites could be banned by the govt next, including EA.com, MiniClip, and Zapak. Andhra CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked Minister RS Prasad to dam 132 websites within the state, due to the risks posed by online gambling.
This is a matter of some controversy, as many of the apps within the list from the CM are defined in many parts of the country as “games of skill” and not “games of chance”, and thus aren’t seen as gambling.
However, this is often not the case for Andhra Pradesh , which — as noted within the letter — amended the AP Gambling Act, 1974, to incorporate online gaming, online gambling, and online gambling as an offense, which was notified this September.
However, within the letter sent by the CM to the IT minister, which Gadgets 360 has accessed, there are several sites that don’t have anything to try to do with online gambling, including EA.com among the most important and most well-known game developers within the world.
Now CM Reddy in his letter posing for the ban of 132 websites argues that online gambling should even be banned because it leads “to youth getting involved in vices like gambling and betting from the comfort of their homes, through their mobile phones and computers.”
At an equivalent time, multiple sites on the list don’t have anything to try to to with online betting and suggest that the list must be scrutinized more carefully. Sites like EA.com and a link to Epic Games via a 3rd party app-store for Android hardly match the profile of gambling.