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SPiCE India 2020 Rescheduled for August 26-28

Eventus International has recently announced that SPiCE India 2020 has been rescheduled for August 26-28 this year. The 3rd annual edition of SPiCE India will be held at the same venue as was booked for the event’s old dates in March, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Goa, India.

The 3-day event will have pre and post-event parties, the SPiCE award ceremony, poker tournaments, and discussions and presentations on the industry by world-class industry speakers.

Bookings are open for exhibitors who want to develop collaborations or partnerships with other counterparts in the gaming industry, expand business footprint in the region, uncover commercial opportunities, and learn more about the current gaming regulatory framework in India.

TajRummy.com is the title sponsor for the event and Casino Destinations is the official SPiCE sponsor. Cricketprediction.com and Probability Gaming are strategic partners, TechMagnate is a digital partner, and IndiaBet is a social gaming partner.

A Pre-SPiCE India Webinar was held on March 17th, when speakers Ranjana Adhikari, Co-head Media Entertainment & Gaming Practice, Nishith Desai Associates; Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner, Krida Legal; Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation; and Albert Climent, CEO, OneBlock Technologies Ltd. spoke about the effects of COVID-19’s spread on the industry, opportunities in e-sports, and how betting may be regulated in the India through the court route, among other important topics concerning the gaming industry.

SPiCE India 2020 was earlier scheduled for 25-27 March. However, due to travel bans imposed in India due to the impact of COVID-19, Eventus International announced postponement of the event.

SPiCE India Awards final nominees were announced before postponement of the event. The categories for the awards include Skill Gaming Operator of the Year (Non-Fantasy), Poker Operator of the Year, Emerging Startup of the Year, Fantasy Gaming Operator of the Year, Technology Provider of the Year, Affiliate Platform of the Year, Developer of the Year, Legal Adviser of the Year, and SPiCE Speaker of the Year.

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Pre-SPiCE India 2020 Webinar: A Discussion on 2019 Gaming Developments and Predictions for 2020

Eventus International hosted a special SPiCE India Webinar on 17th March 2020 to discuss the recent development in the gaming industry, hits and misses in the last year and predictions for 2020. Operators and users from all over the world joined the webinar. 

The ‘Pre-SPiCE India 2020 Webinar: A Sneak Peek of 2019 Developments and What to Expect at SPiCE India 2020’ was kicked off with opening remarks by Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director, Eventus International, and moderator Jay Sayta, , Gaming Industry Analyst/Strategic Advisor, SPiCE India 2020.

After the opening notes, there was a panel discussion with panelists Ranjana Adhikari, Co-head Media Entertainment & Gaming Practice, Nishith Desai Associates; Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner, Krida Legal; Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation; and Albert Climent, CEO, OneBlock Technologies Ltd.

Here’re some of the highlights of the panel discussion:

Noting the effect of COVID-19 outbreak, in her opening remarks, Adhikari said that in the current situation, the market is opening up the opportunity for the entertainment industry, and in India, gaming is a big part of the entertainment industry. 

Singhania said that there are high chances of fantasy sports being recognised as a game of skill by the Supreme Court, which will lead to the market growing exponentially.

Landers highlighted how the gaming market has a great potential in the world and in India, with currently it having the highest Average Revenue Per User. He referred to Mukesh Ambani’s comment on how gaming will be bigger than movies, music and television put together.

When asked to throw some light on the trends and numbers about the industry, Landers said that the real-money gaming’s Gross Gaming Revenue is about half-a-billion dollars with contributions from daily fantasy sports (DFS), rummy, poker, and other real-money games of skills. He also said that in the wake of the possibility of live matches being cancelled, online card games, digital skill games and digital e-sport will see growth.

Climent said that it’s early to say that there will be a spike in gaming consumption in the wake of COVID-19. He also said that the way people consume content will change dramatically, and that for the next 12-24 months there may be a lack of content. He said that in this disruptive time, people’s lifestyle and content consumption will change, and there will be opportunities for operators to grow and adapt the industry.

Landers pointed out how judiciary voices and economic voices also have recently highlighted how regulating sports betting will help add to the coffers of the government.

Adhikari said that when users are practising social distancing and live events and games are being cancelled worldwide, there is an opportunity for operators to create innovative content like simulated and virtual products to cater to the changing needs of the users.

Climent pointed out that with the current environment in the industry, the authorities have plenty of time at hand, a transitional time of 12-24 months, to work on a clear regulatory framework for sports betting. However, Adhikari made a counter argument that the government, at present, may have other pressing issues to address, rather than prioritising the formulation of gaming and betting regulations.

Singhania also commented on the legal landscape of the gaming industry, highlighting the daily fantasy sports case in Supreme Court, Poker and daily fantasy sports cases in Delhi High Court and, Punjab and Maharashtra banning online lottery, and GST remaining the biggest challenge for lottery and other gaming operators. Adhikari said that there is a lot to be done on the legislations front for the online gaming business to achieve the stability it needs, however it may not happen overnight. She appreciated industry bodies who are uniquely self-regulating to help the businesses in the industry thrive and advocating the right causes with the government. 

Esports was highlighted by Landers, Adhikari and Singhania to have a great future in India. Adhikari said that for those looking for an opportunity in the industry, esports is a great option.

The panel discussion was followed by a brief Q&A round, where the panelists addressed questions raised by some attendees.

In response to a user question about the commercial viability of fantasy sports in India in case a regulation is passed on sports betting, the panelists said that there is a high chance that the current fantasy sports operators will find a way to move their registered users from the softer fantasy sports gaming with real money to more hardcore sports betting.

There was another question raised about the possibility of coexistence of fantasy sports and sports betting in the Indian market. The panelists predicted that sports betting is more likely to take over the fantasy sports market, in case both are legalised in India.

The last user question was about the possibility of operators running online sports betting operations in the absence of clear regulations in India, taking the court route. To this, a panelist said that its possibility can’t be ruled out, as the court route has certainly been taken by horse betting and some real-money games like rummy.

The Pre-SPiCE India 2020 Webinar was held due to postponement of SPiCE India 2020 event, which was scheduled to be held from 25-27 March, 2020 at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa. The event was postponed due to travel restrictions imposed on foriegn nationals by the government of India amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The new dates for the event are yet to be announced.

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SPiCE India Postponed Amid Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19, Webinar on 17th March

SPiCE India 2020, scheduled for 25-27 March at Goa Marriot Resort & Spa, has been postponed due to the travel advisory issued by the Indian government, dated 11 March 2020, which cancels all existing visas for foreign nationals except diplomatic and employment visas from 13 March until 15 April 2020 to curtail the COVID-19 impact.

In an email to the attendees, Eventus International, the organizer of the event, informed, “due to the recent border restrictions (announced by the Government of India on 11 March 2020), specifically pertaining to the cancellation of all foreign national visas, it is not possible for us to go ahead with SPiCE India 2020 on its scheduled dates. We are therefore left with no choice other than to postpone the event to a later date.”

The new dates for the 3rd Annual Edition of SPiCE India in Goa have not been announced yet. A press release by Eventus states that they will shortly announce the new dates after discussions with their stakeholders and advisors. The organizer of the event also assured that all the delegate passes for the event will remain valid and transferred to the new dates.

On the postponement of the event, Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director of Eventus International, commented, “Although our team was fully ready to host the event as per schedule and all preparations were done, due to recent developments and the most recent travel ban issued by the Indian government, it is impossible for us to continue with SPiCE India 2020 on schedule. We are evaluating the situation further and will discuss with our advisors and stakeholders before making an announcement on the new dates. Despite this postponement we look forward to welcoming all our clients to the third annual SPiCE India on its new dates. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe!”

SPiCE India 2020, besides various panel discussions, networking events and presentations, was supposed to host SPiCE Awards. The final nominees of all the award categories were recently announced.

In the wake of all the recent developments, SPiCE India is now conducting ‘Pre-SPiCE India 2020 Webinar: A Sneak Peek of 2019 Developments and What to Expect at SPiCE India 2020’ on 17th March 2020 at 17:00 IST/11:30 GMT.

The webinar will focus on the recent developments in the gaming industry, hits and misses in the last year and predictions for 2020.

Here’s the agenda of the webinar:

17:00: Opening remarks by Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director, Eventus International.

17:10: Opening remarks by moderator Jay Sayta, Gaming Industry Analyst/Strategic Advisor, SPiCE India 2020.

Panel discussion with panelists Ranjana Adhikari, Co-head Media Entertainment & Gaming Practice, Nishith Desai Associates; Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner, Krida Legal; and Roland Landers, CEO, All India Gaming Federation.

18:00 – 18:20: Audience Q&A

18:20 – 18:25: Closing remarks by Yudi Soetjiptadi, Managing Director, Eventus International.

The webinar is free for those who have registered for SPiCE India 2020. While for others, there is a fee of $50. One can register for the webinar on Eventus International’s website.

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SPiCE India Prepared to Host a Safe Event In Goa After Assessing COVID-19 Status

SPiCE India 2020, being hosted by Eventus International, is scheduled from March 25-27 at Goa Marriot Resort and Spa. In a recent comment on their preparedness about hosting a safe event amidst the novel Coronavirus scare in the world, the event representatives commented, ‘the Eventus International team is closely monitoring developments relating to COVID-19. Based on our recent assessment and after consultation with our advisors and key stakeholders, SPiCE India (Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition) 2020 is on track as per schedule.’

Eventus International’s Strategic Advisor in India, Jay Sayta, said, “No one has been tested positive for COVID-19 in Goa to date and the situation appears to be normal. The government has however advised that everyone remains careful about their health and follows basic norms of hygiene at all times.”

Samples of two foreigners who were tested for suspected novel Coronavirus in Goa tested negative on Monday, as per a report by India Today. A statement from Directorate of Health Service (DHS) also conformed that no positive case of novel coronavirus infection has been reported in Goa so far.

SPiCE India will be a power-packed 3-day event consisting of a pre and post-event party, awards ceremony, poker tournament and over 40 speakers. Here’s the agenda of the event. SPiCE Award final nominees were also recently announced.

For those attending the event, have safe and healthy travels.

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SPiCE India 2020 is Almost Here and We are Officially Excited!

SPiCE India 2020 is now only a few days away, and anticipation is building! On 25th March 2020, Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference and Exhibition India is going to kick start at Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Goa, India.

Here’s the event’s agenda and sneak-peek. There will be more than 40 providers at SPiCE India including various sponsors and exhibitors. 

Companies at the event will include gaming platforms like TajRummy.com (title sponsor of the event), Casino Destinations (official SPiCE sponsor), SpartanPoker.com, SportIT (sponsor), Mobile Premier League (MPL; main entrance sponsor), Swintt, India Bet, Ho Gaming, SportsAdda. Cricketprediction.com is the strategic partner for the event.

Attendees also include bookmakers like Betradar, the operator of luxury resorts and offshore casinos Deltin Royale (poker tournament co-sponsor), and yours truly Glaws.

One can also meet gaming business solution providers like iTech Labs (sponsor), Grid Logic Group, Taj Rummy Network, , Play’n GO, paysafecard, Probability Gaming, ConversionX, BetConstruct, iSoftBet, GamingSoft, and CQ9.

SPiCE India 2020 is also hosting SPiCE Awards on 27th March to celebrate providers who have excelled in various sectors of the gaming industry. The entries for the awards are now closed. The award categories for this year are SPiCE speaker of the year, Legal Advisor of the year, Developer of the year, Emerging start up of the year, Affiliate platform of the year, Technology provider of the year, Fantasy gaming operator of the year, Poker operator of the year, and Skill-gaming operator of the year (Non-fantasy).

Here are the final nominations for the awards:

Skill Gaming Operator of the Year (Non-Fantasy)

  • Spartan Poker (Quadrific Media Pvt Ltd)
  • Pacific Gaming Pte Ltd
  • Taj Rummy
  • Paytm First Games
  • Winzo Games
  • Mobile Premier League
  • RummyCircle
  • FSB Technology (UK)

Poker Operator of the Year

  • Spartan Poker (Quadrific Media Pvt Ltd)
  • BetGames.TV
  • Pacific Gaming Pte Ltd
  • Adda52
  • PokerBaazi
  • Pokerdangal
  • 9Stacks
  • PokerStars.in
  • TVBET

Emerging Startup of the Year

  • Spartan Poker (Quadrific Media Pvt Ltd)
  • SportsAdda
  • Swintt
  • iBet Directory
  • Infotech
  • Pacific Gaming Pte Ltd
  • QTech Games
  • Grid Logic Games
  • Data Skrive
  • TVBET

Fantasy Gaming Operator of the Year

  • Ability Games (11Wickets.com)
  • Dream11
  • Apne11
  • Nostragamus
  • MyTeam11
  • My11Circle

Technology Provider of the Year

  • TVBET
  • 1xBet
  • Mobzway Technologies
  • Global Bet Virtual Sports
  • Asia Live Tech
  • JetSynthesys
  • QTech Games
  • Pin Projekt
  • Taj Rummy Network
  • Sportradar
  • Data Skrive
  • FSB Technology (UK)
  • SportsIT
  • BetConstruct

Affiliate Platform of the Year

  • 1xBet
  • Audvertize
  • Sportzcraazy.com a division of Catalyst Web Trendz Pte Ltd
  • ConversionX
  • iBet Directory
  • Sports Gaming UK
  • Wynta
  • IndiaBet
  • FSB Technology (UK)
  • vCommission Media Private Limited
  • RationalHeads Technologies P. Ltd.

Developer of the Year

  • Mobzway Technologies
  • BR Softech
  • Mobiweb Technologies
  • Vervelogic
  • Artoonsolution
  • FSB Technology (UK)
  • TVBET
  • SportsIT

Legal Adviser of the Year

  • Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner, Krida Legal
  • Ranjana Adhikari, Co-Head Media Entertainment & Gaming Practice, Nishith Desai Associates
  • Nandan Kamath, Founder and Managing Partner, LawNK
  • Ganesh Prasad, Partner, Khaitan & Co.
  • Suhaan Mukherji, Partner, PLR Law Chambers
  • Vaibhav Kakkar, Partner, L&L Partners Law Offices
  • Vaibhav Gaggar, Managing Partner, Gaggar & Partners

SPiCE Speaker of the Year

All 2019 and 2020 speakers will be considered for this award. 

Besides the SPiCE awards, this three-day event will host various gaming panel discussions, rountables, speeches, presentations and networking events. Events like SP”iCE” Breaker pre-event party, “SPiCE It Up” poker tournament aboard Deltin Royale, and Post Event Party are set to add spice to this much awaited gaming industry event of the year.

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FIFS Postpones GamePlan 2020 Amidst Coronavirus Scare

With the novel Coronavirus scare reaching Delhi, the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) has announced that GamePlan 2020, a fantasy sports conference, will be rescheduled. 

The conference was scheduled to be held on 5th March at Le Meridien, New Delhi.

FIFS has emailed all the attendees that due to the recent developments related Coronavirus, they are forced to reschedule GamePlan 2020. The decision to defer the event has been made keeping in mind the health and safety of all the delegates and stakeholders planning to attend the event. The email from FIFS to its attendees said, ‘it is important that we do not put them (delegates and stakeholders) at risk and further spread of the virus.’

The revised date of GamePlan2020 will be shared shortly, according to the organisers of the event.

As per a report in economics times, the ministry of health said, “One positive case of Covid-19 has been detected in New Delhi, and one has been detected in Telangana. Both the patients are stable and being closely monitored.”

GamePlan 2020 was to offer a platform to stakeholders across related  industries to strengthen and support the growth of Fantasy Sports. This year, GamePlan was expected to be attended by 250+ delegates including operators like Dream11, MyTeam11 and My11Circle. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was to be the keynote speaker and chief guest at the event, and India TV Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma was supposed to be the guest of honour.

It is unclear if GamePlan, when rescheduled, would have the same speakers and agenda.  

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SPiCE India 2020 – Events, Agenda and Sneak-Peek

Eventus International’s 3rd edition of the Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference & Exhibition in India  (SPiCE India) is only a month away. The event will be held at Marriott Resort & Spa in Goa, India, from 25th to 27th March 2020.

As per SPiCE event’s website, the focus of this year’s event will be to explore industry challenges and opportunities, understand the regulatory landscape of the industry, explore the innovations and advances in the field, and identify opportunities for operators and associated companies to maximise their growth potential.

SPiCE 2020 will host pre and post event parties, a gala award ceremony, and poker events for the attendees.

Besides all the fun, Day 1 will focus on gaming affiliates. The opening remark of the Chairperson on this day will be followed by a panel discussion on how to promote, develop and improve a gaming website without fail. Other panels will focus on innovative approaches to receiving money as an affiliate, and which operators to work with. There will be presentations on e-wallets and ‘Affiliate and legal consideration’. The day will conclude with SP”ICE” Breaker pre-event party.

On the second day of the event, a Keynote speech will be delivered by Sai Srinivas Kiran G, CEO and Co-founder, MPL. There will be panel discussions on topics like how gaming companies can take advantage of the Digital India revolution, and what’s next for fantasy sports in India. There will be  roundtables on monetizing social games and expectations for the Indian market when sports betting is legalised.

On Day 3 of the event, panel discussions will cover topics like opportunities and challenges for the casino industry, the lottery industry in India, and innovation in online poker and rummy in the country. The roundtables on this day will revolve around AI and blockchain in gaming, raising funds for startups, and strategies to grow and retain players on platforms.

The event will be presided by 40+ speakers including Satya Mahapatra, Strategy Consultant – Growth & Revenue Optimisation; Susan O’Leary, CEO at Alderney Gambling; Vaibhav Gaggar, Managing Partner, Gaggar & Partners; Vidushpat Singhania, Managing Partner, Krida Legal; Yashashvi Takallapalli, CEO, Nostragamus; Aditya Wadhwani, Professional eSports Commentator; Albert Climent, Founder, Oneblock Technologies; Aditya Wadhwani, Professional eSports Commentator; Amar Gahlot, Advocates & Tax Consultants, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys; Amin Rozani, CEO, Spartan Poker; Ankush Gera, CEO, Junglee Games; Chitra Shah, Director & Business Head, ConversionX; Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming LTD, UK; David Flynn, CEO, Swintt; Gaurav Gaggar, Chartered Accountant and Co-founder, Brainduel Games; Jay Sayta, Founder, Glaws.in; Paavan Nanda, CEO & Founder, WinZo Games; and Mike Bolsover, CEO, Silver Heritage Group.

There will be more than 40 providers and 600 attendees at the show that will host 12 networking sessions.

The SPiCE Awards to be held on the last day of the event will recognize companies and people in categories including Skill Gaming Operator of the Year (Non-Fantasy), Poker Operator of the Year, Fantasy Gaming Operator of the Year, Technology Provider of the Year, Affiliate Platform of the Year, Emerging Startup of the Year, Developer of the Year, Legal Adviser of the Year, and SPiCE Speaker of the Year. Companies can nominate themselves for these accolades to be awarded at SPiCE.

Attendees can download the free, official app for the SPiCE event. The app houses the event’s agenda to help schedule one’s day. Personalised notifications from organisers will also be delivered to the app besides presentation documents and slides. One can also use the app to chat one-on-one with other attendees, share cabs (Uber/Lyft) to go to the conference/event, and plan social activities like city tours, meet-ups and morning runs with others on the app.

SPiCE 2019 was held at the same location last year with events like SP”iCE” Breaker (a casual pre-event networking evening), two days of talks, panel discussions and debates, “SPiCE It Up” poker tournament aboard Deltin Royale, and Table Talk Networking Dinner.

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FIFS will Host 3rd Edition of Fantasy Sports Event GamePlan in March

Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), earlier known as Indian Federation of Sports Gaming, is hosting the 3rd edition of their Fantasy sports conference Gameplan on March 5th 2020 at theLe Meridien Hotel in New Delhi.

Gameplan 2020 is expected to be attended by 250+ senior industry delegates, including operators like Dream11, MyTeam11, and My11Circle. Other attendees at the event will include representatives of sports leagues, tech firms, financial institutes and media and entertainment firms. FIFS has announced that NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant,  will be the keynote speaker and chief guest at the event.

At the event, FIFS will launch a report in association with KPMG on the ‘Business of Fantasy Sports’ industry in India. Last year, at GamePlan 2019, a report named  ‘Evolving Landscape of Sports Gaming in India’ was launched, and in at GamePlan 2018, ‘The Laws Relating to Fantasy Sports Games in India’ report was launched.

The event organisers have also announced that they would be presenting the inaugural edition of the FIFS Awards that will recognise excellent work done in the fantasy sports industry as a debutant, in product innovation, in marketing campaigns, and in business.

Besides Kant, Gameplan will host speakers including Nari Gopala, Worldwide Technical Leader- Games, AWS, Navdeep Manaktala, Director & Head- Digital Native- AWS, Harsh Jain, Co-founder & CEO, Dream Sports, Sanjit Sihag – Co-founder & COO, MyTeam11, Amrit Mathur, FIFS Advisor and Former Executive Director with Commonwealth Games, Delhi and Ex-Chief Operating Officer, Delhi Daredevils, and AN Roy, FIFS Advisor and Former Director-General of Police of Maharashtra.

There will be two panel discussions at the event—Growth Partners at Scale – How FS growth is getting fuelled by supporting businesses, and Fuelling Entrepreneurship & Creating Influencers – How FS is creating a new economy around itself.

As per FIFS, GamePlan 2019,  which was conducted in Mumbai, hosted 10+ speakers and 250+ delegates across industries like application developers, internet companies, animation companies, technology providers, game developers, online sports gaming operators, financial institutions, payment gateway companies, consulting firms, media agencies, sports leagues, and legal advisory firms.

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The Rummy Federation Awards Accreditation Seal to Four Operators in India

The Rummy Federation (TRF), the self-regulatory body for the online rummy industry in India, awarded the TRF Dynamic Seal, a seal of accreditation to four operators in the country, in an event held in New Delhi last week.

As per TRF, the online rummy industry in India is worth Rs. 2200 crore and caters to over 5.5 crore players. It is growing at 34% Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). There are around 18 companies in the online rummy industry in India, of which seven companies are affiliated to TRF.

The four Rummy platforms to receive the Dynamic Seal are Ace2three, Junglee Rummy , Rummy Circle and Rummy Passion. As per TRF, a renowned Big Four audit firm conducted a third-party audit of these businesses before the seals were awarded. 

TRF also hosted a CEO roundtable conference on the sidelines of the accreditation event to discuss issues pertaining to the online rummy industry with leading operators as well as other stakeholders.

These four rummy companies are now certified to have followed a strict code of conduct that protects the interests of players. The self-regulatory code of conduct for online rummy operators was released by TRF at a knowledge summit in Mumbai in 2018. At the summit, TRF also released a paper with Deloitte, ‘Online Skill Gaming in India: The Changing Landscape’. The paper covered the emerging trends in the online rummy industry, the current market size, growth potential, possible gamers’ characteristics, and the regulatory landscape in India.

To keep the Seal valid, rummy companies have to comply to the requirements of the code of conduct on an on-going basis. Some of the main requirements to compliance are:

  • No underage players
  • Recognizing and assisting vulnerable players
  • Responsible gaming requirements including daily and monthly playing limits, ability to self-exclude, etc.
  • SSL encryption
  • Mandatory Random Number Generation certification
  • Strict timelines for withdrawal requests

This initiative is aimed at promoting a responsible, safe and fair gameplay experience to the users. Companies who get this digital certificate have to comply with stringent guidelines outlined by TRF.

TRF is a not-for-profit body that was launched to guide and support the online rummy industry in the country.

Sameer Barde, the CEO of TRF awarded the seals to Deepak Gullapalli, Founder and CEO, Head Digital Works (Ace2three ), Rahul Bhardwaj, Co-Founder, Junglee Games (Junglee Rummy), Gaggan Kharbanda, Co-Founder and CEO, Passion Gaming (Rummy Passion), and Trivikraman Thampy, CEO and Co-founder of Play Games24X7 (Rummy Circle).

Barde, at the launch of the TRF Dynamic Seal, said, “Online Rummy is a rapidly growing industry with new players joining every day and several emerging operators. With the growing number of players and operators, the online rummy ecosystem has become quite robust, while also creating the need for regulation to safeguard the players and ensure responsible, secure and fair environment for them. The TRF seal symbolizes compliance to the strict code of conduct set in place for operators to protect the players from any unwanted outcome and an assurance to players so they can put their minds at ease and enjoy the game.”

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AIGF organises knowledge session about the poker industry

Industry body All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) kick started the second edition of the ‘Pro Series’ last week, by hosting a knowledge session with international poker operator – PokerStars in Mumbai. The knowledge session highlighted topics like developments in the poker industry, the legal landscape of Poker in India, the importance of self-regulation, responsible gaming and growth of poker in the country.

The Pro Series event included an interactive session with AIGF CEO Roland Landers; Nishith Desai Associates co-head of Media, Entertainment and Gaming Practice Ranjana Adhikari; PokerStars India CEO Ankur Dewani and professional poker player Muskan Sethi who shared their insights on the online poker industry.

Explaining the objective of this initiative, AIGF CEO Roland Landers said, “Though the industry is witnessing robust growth for the business and in terms of player adoption there still exists a lack of understanding around online skill gaming in India hence it is important to create awareness amongst relevant stakeholders.

‘PRO SERIES’ aims to achieve that objective wherein top professional players and other domain experts will share key insights about Poker being a mind sports and on the dependence of various skills required for playing it.”

Speaking about the rapid growth of the online poker industry in India, Ankur Dewani, CEO of PokerStars India added, “We are happy to see India taking up poker and other games of skill that are not just another entertainment option but can also provide a platform to those looking to learn new skills.

Our endeavor is to help boost this growth by investing in ATL marketing campaigns like the one we launched as India’s first Poker TV ad campaign in March this year.”