Andhra Pradesh has banned online gambling apps. The state had urged the center to ask interest service providers to block access to online betting, gambling and gaming apps including Paytm First Game, Mobile Premier League and Adda52. AP YS Prime Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had written a letter to the telecommunications minister expressing concern over the emergence of online gaming and betting platforms. He highlighted the risks of young people’s fixation with such platforms.
The CM in its letter included the names of 132 websites offering services including online betting, gambling, and more. He informed Prasad that the state amended the AP Gaming Act 1974 “to include online gaming, online gambling and online betting as a crime through the Andhra Pradesh Ordinance 2020 (amendment).”
“The main objectives of the amendment to the law are to ban online gaming, online betting and online gambling. It is made a knowable crime punishable under the law. In addition, the CEOs of all online gaming companies and those involved in the management of the company are punishable under the law, ”Reddy said in his letter.
Interestingly, Reddy did not include the name of Dream11, which is one of the official sponsors of the IPL. Dream11 also offers similar services such as online gaming and allows users to profit from it.
Reddy cited severe addiction, suicides due to losing money, and violent behavior as reasons behind his concern for online betting platforms. He explained that people committed suicide when they lost money in online gambling. Young people, in the first place, also exhibited violent behavior towards their peers when they were prevented from playing or indulging in those games.
CM has specified that under the AP Gaming Act 1974 those who assist in the operation of online games will be punished and action will be taken against Internet service providers if they fail to block access to these games and websites in Andhra Pradesh. “I would like to ask you to instruct all Internet service providers to block access to all online gaming, gambling and betting websites and apps in Andhra Pradesh,” he said in the letter.
The state had urged the center to ask interest service providers to block access to online betting, gambling and gaming apps including Paytm First Game, Mobile Premier League and Adda52.
- Andhra Pradesh has banned online gambling apps including Adda52, MPL
- The state had urged the center to ask service providers of interest to block access to websites.
- Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had written a letter to the telecommunications minister expressing concern over the emergence of online gaming.