BANGALORE: The Karnataka government on Tuesday notified the new law banning online betting games with immediate effect, a day after Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot gave his assent. The state legislature had passed amendments to Karnataka Police Act, 1963 during its recent session.
Games of Chance
The law bans online games that are “games of chance” in nature.
It read: “gaming means and includes online games, involving all forms of wagering or betting, including in the form of tokens valued in terms of money paid before or after issue of it, or electronic means and virtual currency, electronic transfer of funds in connection with any game of chance, but does not include a lottery or wagering or betting on horse-race run on any race course within or outside the State, when such wagering or betting takes place.”
Instruments of gaming
”Instruments of gaming’ includes any article used or intended to be used as a subject or means of gaming, including computers, computer system, mobile app or internet or cyberspace, virtual platform, computer network, computer resource, any communication device, electronic applications, software and accessory or means of online gaming, any document, register or record or evidence of any gaming in electronic or digital form, the proceeds of any online gaming as or any winning or prizes in money or otherwise distributed or intended to be distributed in respect of any gaming,” it further said.
To be placed in the public domain
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra had recently told that the government was working on a set of draft rules which will soon be placed in the public domain to get views and comments from stakeholders before it is notified.