Jungle Games Approaches the High Court Against Karnataka’s Gaming Ban Law

Author : Anurag Manoranjan

Last Updated: October 25, 2021     Published: October 18, 2021

Jungle Games, which operates online games, websites and fantasy sports portals, is the latest company to file a writ petition, going against Karnataka’s new gaming law. The petition was filed on Monday and was processed through Advocate Arjun PK, who has also represented Head Digital Works and Play Games 24×7.

Ever since the new law, banning online gaming, was introduced, gaming companies, along with the All India Gaming Federation have approached the High Court challenging the law. Be it in Tamil Nadu, Kerala or Karnataka, gaming companies have moved ahead to take on the law and seek some form of clarity on the issue.

Through the orders of the Kerala and Madras High Court, gaming companies are looking forward to judicial scrutiny of the laws, which they believe would bring clarity and define the status of real money gaming in the country. As a result, petitions, similar to the current one, have already been filed with the high courts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

On the other hand, a petitioner has also filed a PIL with the Karnataka High Court looking for directions to amend the Karnataka Police Act, 1963 in order to prohibit FIFS-complaint fantasy sports in the state. The petitioner has also been allotted an FR number and is pending final registration.