Gaming And Gambling Laws

Online Gaming & Gambling Laws In India

Overview of Gaming and Gambling Laws

The number of people placing real money wagers on illegal betting and gambling activities in India has increased tremendously. Gambling is strictly regulated in India except for a few specific activities like lotteries and horse racing.

The Gaming Act of 1845 and the Betting Act of 1853 were prominent laws that existed in British India which governed Gambling Rules. After independence, while some states adopted the Gaming Act as a fundamental law, others created their own online gaming & gambling laws in India.

Importance of Gaming and Gambling Laws

The growth of the gaming industry in India is surging two levels each year, creating a greater demand for uniform gaming laws and regulations. As the pandemic-induced social distancing increased, the gap between individuals and the internet decreased, resulting in a realization for both the developers and the government to advance technology and the laws governing such technology. With the spurt in the gaming industry and its technicalities, the government has begun to recognize the potential in Animation, Gaming and comic (AVGC).

A comparative rise in gamers from 2021 to 2022 is about 12%. In 2022, India’s gaming market stood at $2.6 billion and is expected to grow at Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27 per cent to reach $8.6 billion by 2027, surging the business of online gaming lawyers in India greater than ever.

The increasing importance of gaming laws in India is gaining more significance than ever. Our experts possess a wide range of skill-set that helps clients navigate through the legal and regulatory environment for establishing a business in this industry in light of numerous central and state laws.

Challenges in Enforcing Gaming and Gambling Laws

With clashes over jurisdiction making headlines now and then, online gambling in India has been a muddy space with constant discord over some of the most fundamental regulatory issues. The Indian Constitutional scenario is settled at gambling being a state subject, whether offline or online. This means that States may prohibit certain games that they deem to fall within ‘gambling and betting’, according to their legislative wisdom.

Resultantly, what game may be legal in one state may not be in another. This obvious lack of clarity explains the stunted growth of online gaming companies over the years and the ever-increasing demand for uniform regulations and norms for the businesses operating in this industry. This is what has made the enforcement of gaming & gambling laws a challenge.

With an increasing consumer base for online gaming, user safety concerns have risen like never before. Conflicting governmental opinions, selective state actions, and differing judicial verdicts on the subject matter have created a deep void and a deeper regulatory vacuum as users are no longer shielded from illegal websites, legitimate harms, or even those created by legitimate skill-based gaming websites.

We at Ahlawat & Associates boast of a select team of some of the best online gaming lawyers in India with towering experience and expertise in gambling laws in Delhi and the rest of India.

Our Approach to Gaming and Gambling Laws

At Ahlawat & Associates, we have an in-depth understanding of the gaming laws in India governing online gaming & gambling. We can help clients resolve any regulatory concerns due to state-specific gaming regulations. By specializing in this industry, our Gaming & Gambling team has established a distinctive position in the market.

The Gaming & Gambling practice group has exceptional industry knowledge that goes beyond the purview of any single area of law to understand the issues that affect its clients. With an untiring zeal for serving the best interests of our clients, our team adopts an integrated strategy to provide legal advice to a wide range of clients on various topics.

This inventive and technology-driven industry is always on the move. The Gaming & Gambling Practice Group remains current with the industry changes to meet the needs of clients. Within this area of practice, the practise group seeks to offer a broad range of services, including but not limited to preparing legal opinions on contentious matters and guidance on contracts, disclosures, licensing, and agreements. As one of the leading names in this industry, we provide our clients with highly specialized, pragmatic, and efficient solutions.

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Experienced Team

A&A is among the top corporate law firms in India. At A&A, we believe that we are as good as our team, Our principle has guided us to ensure that we have the best corporate lawyers in India based at our main offices while the leading corporate lawyers in other parts of the world run our various practices across the nation, thus ensuring optimum management and service of even the most complex transactions. It is due to our standards of professional responsibility when dealing with our clients and various matters, which we stringently abide by that has enabled us to qualify as one of the reputed corporate law firms in India.

Industry Experience

Whilst A&A commercial law services has been able to cater to legal needs pan India as well as globally, its main founding office and headquarters is in Delhi and it is due to this foothold. A&A corporate lawyer in India has played a vital role in providing advice to the government on various legal and policy-related issues and is amongst the few corporate law firms in India to have the experience and optimal understanding of interpretation and drafting of policy matters.

Client-Centric Approach

A&A adopts an approach that demands the highest levels of knowledge, technical skill and service delivery allowing us to provide accurate, reliable, timely, and cost-effective advice while maintaining international standards of excellence and create a bespoke approach for every client and their business. Our commercial law solicitors unique perspective of working on our client’s matters as a critical part of their team allows us to address their problems like our own. We believe that each client comes with different requirements and concerns – and we work tirelessly to achieve their goals and pursue their objectives.


We make sure that our fee structure and the legal costs involved are very transparent and predictable for our clients. We believe that client relationships are based on trust and a sense of common purpose and we never falter on our promise making us one of the best corporate law firms in India. Our priority has been to deliver the best legal & business solutions and our fee arrangements are tailored to the needs of the client, the client’s goals, and the nature of the matter.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is online gaming prohibited in India?

    Online gaming is legal in India. Most Indian states permit real money or stakes-based online gaming. As a result, it is not outlawed unless the state government so declares.

  2. Is online gambling illegal in India?

    All cyber activities or online gambling in India are regulated under the IT Act of 2000. The act prohibits online gambling activities and prescribes a fine of INR 100,000 or imprisonment of up to 5 years.

  3. Why choose Ahlawat & Associates as your gaming & gambling law firm?

    Our attorneys hold vast experience and expertise in online gaming & gambling laws in India, with exceptional competence in gambling laws in Delhi. Having operated in this niche area of law for over 20 years, we enjoy a strong command over gaming laws and regulations.


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