After a bleak 2020 in terms of everything and the real money gaming sector in India, 2021 seems to have started off on the right track. Meghalaya passed an ordinance last week to regulate the online gaming industry instead of banning it completely.
Regulation of Online Games by States
It became the third state after Nagaland and Sikkim that is now on the verge of legalizing RMG. Under the Nagaland Prohibition of Gambling and Promotion & Regulation of Online Games of Skill Act and Rules, 2016, aka Nagaland Act, the state government has issued online skill game licenses to several real-money gamin operators. This in turn means that real money gaming including poker, are now legal in Sikkim under the Sikkim Online Gaming (Regulation) Rules 2009.
In a press conference on 14th January, the Cabinet Minister, James K. Sangma, announced that the state government has approved the Meghalaya Regulation of Gaming Ordinance, 2021, which will be aimed at regulating online gaming. Sangma said gaming today has emerged as one of the most popular pastimes globally, and Meghalaya is no exception. The decision was reportedly made after taking the views of the law and finance departments.
Regulate The Gaming
“In order to regulate gaming within the state and to bring revenue to the state government, we felt it necessary to enact a law for the same, and therefore, the cabinet has approved the draft ordinance,” Sangma said. “Online gaming is an industry which is quite a big industry in the entire world and today in Meghalaya it is going on, and unfortunately we don’t have a regulatory mechanism, but it is something already going on, so we have to have measures to regulate that.”
This comes as great gaming news for the industry and hopefully, will force other states to follow suit. The online gaming industry is growing stronger by the minute and we must help in any way we can.