“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win” – George Bernard Shaw Esports is a growing at an unbelievable pace across the world. This frenzy of this phenomenon has gripped India as well. There are various pros and cons which are associated with its developments. The issues of the fledgling attempts to regulate Esports in India have already been discussed in the previous blogposts. This week Ishwar Singh Punia, analyses the aspect of integrity issues of Esports with a primary focus on the regulation of betting and gambling industry.
By Sakshi Pawar (Co-founder and Managing Editor of KhelAdhikar). “A man has got to play the cards that was dealt him” This has been true for the poker players and enthusiasts in India in both their professional and legal battles. Poker coming under the ambit of state legislation is still not legally allowed to be played under the mysterious garb of “Game of Skill” in various states. The much anticipated judgment of the Gujarat High Court on the legality of Poker was delivered on Dec 4, 2017. Contrary to most expectations it declared poker to be a game of chance. This was a major blow for the game in Gujarat and other states where similar petitions are pending. This article by Sakshi Pawar gives us a succinct and precise analysis of the December 4 judgment.