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


BENGALURU: Police here have brought the first case under the recently notified Karnataka Police (Amendment) Act 2021, which prohibits all online gambling formats involving betting, betting and gambling, against the co-founders of Dream11, an online fantasy sports platform.
An FIR was registered by Annapoorneshwarinagar Police against Bhavit Sheth and Harsh Jain on Saturday based on a complaint filed by Manjunatha, a 42-year-old taxi driver from 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 relevant parties including names in the FIR,’ another officer said.
Online fantasy sports platform says complaint is substantiated
A case was registered under Sections 79 (Keeping a Common Gambling House) and 80 (Gaming in a Common Gambling House) of the Karnataka Police Act 1963.
Dream11, in a statement, said: “We believe the complaint is substantiated and are considering our legal remedies. We are a law-abiding company and will extend our cooperation to all authorities. Those who oversee the gambling industry argue that the rules only apply to games of chance and betting and not games of skill.
Manjunatha said in his complaint that Dream11, part of Sporta Technologies Private Limited, continued to bet on online games despite the ban. “The public continues to put in and risk their money by creating their own fantasy cricket team and losing huge sums of money,” the complaint reads.
Manjunatha said he checked on Google Play Store to see if online gambling apps were still available in the state after the recent change in Karnataka Police Act. While many game companies had blocked access, he found Dream11 still operational. “It provides a platform for players to build their fantasy team based on real game to score maximum points and win exciting cash prizes worth crores,” its complaint said. Highlighting the company’s user attraction strategies, he alleged that the app offered big payouts 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 while gambling. Although several representations have been made by the gaming industry to lift the ban, the government has stuck to its guns.

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