Karnataka HC lifts online gambling ban, big relief for fantasy sports

The Karnataka government had notified the law banning betting and wagering in online games in October last year, after Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot gave his assent.

Since then, fantasy gaming platforms like Dream11, Mobile Premier League have suspended their operations in the state

In the aftermath of the ban, an FIR was also registered against Dream11 CEO and co-founder Harsh Jain. However, the court had granted him relief against any coercive action

Dream Sports, the parent firm of fantasy sports platform Dream11, raised an investment of $840 million at a valuation of $8 billion in November.

source: business standard

Virat Kohli-backed MPL is at the second spot after dream 11 as it raised $350 million at a valuation of $2.3 billion in September 2021

The Tamil Nadu government had, earlier last year, passed a law to ban online games that involve betting and money prizes, but it was revoked in August.

Other states that have clamped down on the industry include Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Assam and Odisha.