Telangana state authorities said that they were wanting to come up with new rules for internet gaming and fantasy gaming that would encourage self-regulation.
Internet gaming ban: Telangana was the first state in India to put a blanket ban on online gaming in order to prohibit people from playing gambling games online. Then earlier this year, the Telangana state government said that they were wanting to come up with new guidelines for web-based gaming and fantasy gaming that would encourage self-regulation and foster game development in the state. Now a senior Telangana state official has said that a blanket online gaming ban is not the only solution to counter the online gambling trend that officials have witnessed in the state.
‘Blanket ban on online games isn’t an answer and the area can bring a lot of opportunities to drive the economy, create jobs and enhance productivity,’ Telangana Principal Secretary for IT, electronics and communications Jayesh Ranjan told today.
Ranjan while speaking at a gaming class coordinated by IAMAI said the ban was driven by a shot in the dark that prompted habits of certain peoples and destroyed their families. “We always had that clarity that blanket banning is not the solution. One needs to make a distinction between the game of skill and game of chance,” he said.
“Some of these reasons, particularly from law enforcement agencies, have been a push back about banning or stopping people from playing these games, is largely driven by a game of chance,” he added.
Aside from hinting towards the future of online gaming in the state, Ranjan also said that skill development had taken a back seat in the past 18 months as skills could not be acquired just by listening to lectures. “How do you pick up skills by gamifying the entire context and helping candidates navigate through those sessions in a user-friendly way? This is one major advancement in the way skills training will be delivered in the future,” Ranjan said at the seminar.
Discussing a way forward, Ranjan said the state government was intending to think of an approach for web-based gaming for the state and that the state was additionally assembling probably the best framework for gaming, liveliness, and embellishments called Image Tower, which is relied upon to be functional in the main quarter of 2023. “We would prefer not to surge something which can be possibly tested in a court or which might prompt some measure of public misconception and an objection,”