After Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka could be next in line to ban online gaming. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the Karnataka government will soon introduce a law to ban online gaming.
On Friday, during the Chief Minister’s Police Medal investiture ceremony at the Vidhana Soudha in Karnataka, Bommai said that online games have turned the youth into addicts, misguiding them and pushing them into a debt trap and related crimes.
“By studying laws implemented by various states in this regard, our government has decided to bring in a law against online games at the earliest,” said Bommai. “We have received many complaints from parents as well as the public. Families have suffered because of it,” added Bommai.
Many states have already brought ordinance against online gaming, betting and gambling. On November 21, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit promulgated an ordinance to ban online gaming in Tamil Nadu. Those found engaging in online games will be fined Rs 5,000 and will be imprisoned for 6 months.
Before TN, Andhra Pradesh banned online gaming, gambling and betting. AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy urged the Centre to block 132 websites and mobile apps that are providing online gaming, gambling and betting services in the state.