As per industry sources, the government has set up an inter-ministerial panel to work on regulations for the online gaming industry and identify a nodal ministry to look after the sector. The seven-member panel will look into various aspects to promote online gaming and frame regulatory mechanisms for the segment, protection of gamers, ease of doing business, among others.

The panel includes CEO of Niti Aayog as well as secretaries of home affairs, revenue, industries and internal trade, electronics and IT, information and broadcasting and sports. The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) appreciated the government’s decision to set up the inter-ministerial task force (IMTF) for online gaming.

Besides, FIFS said the task force has been entrusted with examining issues faced by the online gaming industry, understanding global best practices in legal and legislative frameworks, and bringing in a comprehensive and uniform regulatory regime for a responsible, transparent and safe online gaming environment. It said the formation of the task force is in line with country’s vision of making India’s digital gaming sector a global powerhouse.