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Kerala High Court Issues Notice to Virat Kohli in a Plea Seeking Ban on Online Gambling

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The Kerala High Court has issued notice to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and the state government in a plea seeking ban on online gambling in the state.

Besides Kohli, a division bench, headed by Chief Justice S Manikumar, also issued notices to Malayalam actor Aju Varghese and South Indian actress Tamanna Bhatia. The celebrities are the brand ambassadors of online rummy games.

Petitioner Pauly Vadakkan alleged online gambling is now a growing menace in the state and the primary targets will be middle to low-income group people who will be enticed to make easy money. People who fall to the fraud platforms often use what is left in their life savings, he said.

The petitioner said there have been many reported cases across the state in which people have got scammed.

Referring to the recent alleged death by suicide of a 28-year-old man, an ISRO employee hailing from Kattakkada in Thiruvananthapuram district, the petitioner said the man had fallen into the trap of online rummy game and pushed himself to debt of Rs 21 lakh.

Finding no means to repay the debt, he took his life, the petitioner alleged.

These platforms endorsed by celebrities, including Kohli, Bhatia and Varghese, attract their audience with fake promises while in reality, the probability of such winnings are slim to none, thus making a fool of unsuspecting people, the plea said.

The petitioner submitted that at present the law governing gaming activities in the state, the Kerala Gaming Act 1960, does not bring within its purview any online gambling, wagering or betting activities.

The act extends to gaming activities conducted in a “Common gaming house” (which is an enclosed physical premise such as house, room, tent, etc.) by using any “instrument of gaming kept or used in such enclosed physical premises for the accrual of profit or gain to the person owning, occupying, keeping such instruments of gaming in the enclosed physical premises.”

“Thus a person sitting in his private house, using these online gambling platforms from his house arguably may not come within the definition of a common gaming house,” the petitioner said.

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Solid Gaming signs a distribution deal with Playgon

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Content aggregator Solid Gaming has signed a deal to distribute Playgon’s proprietary Live Dealer games and E-table games to their customers on the Asian markets. Solid Gaming’s strategy is to provide a game for every one which is why they work with the best game providers to distribute unique and exclusive content to their partners.

Solid Gaming welcomes Playgon as a new mobile live dealer to their content library. Playgon’s titles include blackjack, roulette and baccarat that are broadcasted from their studio in Las Vegas (Vegas Lounge). With their proprietary game Tiger Bonus Baccarat™ it hopes to bring something new and exciting to the Solid Gaming table.

Under the terms of the agreement, Solid Gaming will add and market Playgon’s games to their content library for availability and distribution to all of its client base globally.

Ben Wood, Director of Isle of Man based Solid Gaming said: “Playgon will enhance Live Dealer casino games by bringing cutting-edge features and functions to the mobile generation of live gaming, which we believe will resonate very well with our clients.”

“The partnership with Solid Gaming is a major achievement for our company and significant validation of the innovation we are bringing to the live dealer market”, added Darcy Krogh, President and CEO of Playgon Games. “This partnership will give our Company an extensive reach in highly lucrative key markets, and we expect it will play a significant role in our revenue growth this year.

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ESPL signs Tiger Shroff as the face of the first-ever franchise based Esports league

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The B-Town heart-throb Tiger Shroff is all set to don a new hat as the brand ambassador for India’s first-ever franchise-based Esports league, Esports Premier League. ESPL kicks off on June 16th powered by Infinix smartphone as the presenting sponsor.

While Esports has seen an exponential rise especially during the lockdown, this league is the first of its kind to partner with Bollywood to bring wider popularity and acceptance to Esports. This power-packed collaboration aims to nurture an ecosystem that the Indian Esports industry has never seen before. The league will leverage Tiger’s popularity and strong influence on the dynamic millennials and Gen-Z.

Sharing his excitement Tiger Shroff said, “I am really excited to collaborate with Esports Premier League. This opens a tremendous opportunity to recognize the growing talent in Esports in India. As the world’s first franchise-based model in Esports, ESPL will surely help in putting India first on the global map. Esports fans and gamers are shaping the future of entertainment and sports. And I’m glad to represent this force of the future.”

With the majority of the 1.4 billion Indian population being youth, the Bollywood sensation also known for his passion for sports and Mixed Martial Arts will connect Esports to the mainstream as the inaugural edition of the league promises to bring the excitement of Esports through its nationwide tournament with lakhs of registrations that will commence from Wednesday. The preliminary rounds will engage in a highly competitive contest as eight teams will be chosen in the third round who will go on to contest in the grand finale.

While talking about the association, ESPL Director Mr. Vishwalok Nath said: “One of the major goals for ESPL has been to reach out to every millennial and gamer in the country and our purpose of having Tiger Shroff onboard has been to create a much deeper connect and grow the gaming community. We hope this association will also further our initiative to intensify the mission of taking Esports to the next level in India.”

As part of THE franchise-based league, the Hyderabad team has been bought by Chequered Flag Sports—a consortium between Sirish Kumar, Prasad Mangipudi, and Aashwij Ravula—and the team has been named as Hyderabad Hydras. Hyderabad is the first city that will witness the proud owners in the inaugural edition of ESPL. There will be more teams representing cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and states like Punjab, and Rajasthan in the upcoming league. India Today Gaming has teamed up with Garena to create this exclusive gaming platform featuring their most popular battle royale game, Free Fire, in India.

The matches will be streamed on OTT giant Disney+ Hotstar alongside official YouTube and Facebook channels of India Today and Aaj Tak and its websites. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Season 1 will be held virtually over two and a half months. It will also feature a prize pool worth Rs. 25 lakhs where the winner takes home a sum of Rs. 12 lakhs while second and third-placed teams will take home Rs. 6 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs, respectively.

To participate in the league, gaming enthusiasts and gamers can register themselves on www.indiatodaygaming.com/espl

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REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR VALORANT CONQUERORS CHAMPIONSHIP

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South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming and the global leaders in gaming and esports, Riot Games, have joined forces to roll out the VALORANT Conquerors Championship as the qualifying tournament to the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers, which is a part of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. Teams will compete in multiple sub-regional qualifiers, playoffs and grand finals for a prize pool of INR 25 Lacs (33,000 USD). The registrations for VCC have opened today, 15 June.

Registration open on: www.vcc.nodwingaming.com

Each sub-regional qualifier will have a set number of slots filled in through registrations followed by the online qualifying matches. Wildcard will feature all the runner up teams from the sub-regional qualifiers, who will play a double-elimination match series to earn a slot in the VCC Playoffs. A total of 8 teams will make their way to the playoffs. The 8 teams will undergo a Group Stage in the Playoffs with the top 2 teams from two groups making their way to the Grand Finals. The playoffs will take place from 19-22 August and the Grand Finals on 28 & 29 August.

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