‘FIR reserved against Dreams11 for continuation of online games’ | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: Police have reserved the first case here under the recently notified Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021, which bans all online gaming formats involving betting, wagering and gambling, against the co-founders of Dream11, an online fantasy sports platform.
An FIR was registered on Saturday by the Annapoorneshwarinagar police against Bhavit Sheth and Harsh Jain based on a complaint filed by Manjunatha, a 42-year-old taxi driver, a resident of Nagarbhavi. The duo are accused of breaking the law notified by the government on October 5.
DCP (West) Sanjeev M Patil said, “We will issue notices to affected parties, including names in the FIR,” another policeman said.
Online Fantastic Sports Platform Says Complaint Is Motivated
One case was registered under Sections 79 (Keeping a Common Gaming House) and 80 (Gambling in a Common Gaming House) of the Karnataka Police Act 1963.
Dream11, in a statement, said: “We believe the complaint is substantiated and are looking into our legal remedies. We are a law-abiding company and we will cooperate with all authorities. Those who follow the gambling industry maintain that the rules only apply to gambling and betting, not games of skill.
Manjunatha said in his complaint that Dream11, which is part of Sporta Technologies Private Limited, continues to bet on online games despite the ban. “The public continue to put in and risk their money by building their own fantastic cricket team and losing huge sums of money,” the complaint read.
Manjunatha said he checked the Google Play Store to see if online gaming apps were still available in the state after the recent change in the Karnataka Police Law. While many game companies had blocked access, he found Dream11 still operational. “It provides a platform for players to build their fantastic team based on a real game to score maximum points and win exciting cash prizes worth millions of dollars,” his complaint said. Highlighting the company’s user attraction strategies, he alleged that the app offered big wins to players while not being transparent.
The government had defended the amendment, saying it would prevent people from becoming addicted to online gambling and losing money gambling. Although several representations have been made by the gaming industry to lift the ban, the government has stood firm.

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