Future of India’s Real-Money Gaming Industry

14/06/2024 For Startups, Startup, STARTUPS, Technology & Data By LawWiser

In this video, we’ve delved into the dynamic world of India’s real-money gaming industry and the pivotal regulatory changes that could shape its future.

As the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) gears up for their third term, the gaming sector is keenly awaiting the establishment of clear and equitable rules. Real-money games, where participants can win or lose actual money, constitute a significant portion of India’s gaming industry revenue. This sector stands out in the digital economy for its numerous profitable enterprises. However, it is currently at a critical juncture, anticipating definitive regulations and crucial court rulings.

The Tax Conundrum

One of the industry’s pressing challenges is the 28 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on the total value of player deposits. This steep tax rate has escalated operational costs for companies, resulting in layoffs and the unfortunate closure of several startups. Although the GST Council agreed to reassess this tax six months after its implementation in October 2023, a follow-up meeting has yet to be scheduled.

Adding to the complexity, numerous gaming companies have been issued tax notices for alleged evasion, amounting to over Rs 1 lakh crore. These notices have triggered legal battles, with 30 cases currently pending before the Supreme Court. The industry is on tenterhooks, waiting for these cases to be addressed in July after the summer break.

Regulatory Framework: The Need for Clarity

The incoming government faces the crucial task of devising a comprehensive regulatory framework for the sector. Previous initiatives to establish self-regulatory organizations (SROs) were abandoned, prompting a renewed push for creating a safe and fair gaming environment. Junior IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar has emphasized their efforts to develop stable and predictable regulations in Prime Minister Modi’s third term.

Growth and Future Prospects

Prime Minister Modi recently reaffirmed his commitment to positioning India as a leader in the global gaming market. The Indian gaming industry has already experienced remarkable growth, with revenues reaching $3.1 billion in FY23, marking a 19 percent increase from $2.6 billion in FY22. Projections indicate that the sector could expand to $7.5 billion by FY28.


As we progress, the real-money gaming industry is hopeful for clear and supportive regulations that will foster its growth. The forthcoming months will be pivotal in determining the trajectory of this vibrant and rapidly evolving sector.

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