Case Study : Unpacking the billion-dollar Indian gaming industry

We authored a comprehensive report on digital gaming for the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). The report captures industry trends, counters the negative perceptions around gaming, and discusses key legal and policy challenges for the industry. The report covers all types of digital games: real-money games, casual games, fantasy sports, and esports.

The report was a massive exercise requiring extensive research on the industry, its impact on society as well as the laws that govern it. We conducted over 50 interviews with relevant stakeholders like gaming companies, mental health professionals, and academics to ensure all views were fairly represented.  

Ikigai Law’s digital gaming practice

We have advised digital gaming companies on a diverse range of issues, ranging from corporate structures and contracts, fund raising, game design, platform liability, providing skill vs chance opinions, intellectual property protection, token offerings, taxation, data, disputes, representation before law enforcement authorities and enforcement directorate, and public policy support. We have advised two of the World’s largest technology companies – one, a leading social media network, and another offering a global app store – on liability issues arising from offering games and game-related advertisements across states in India. We have also advised the central and certain state governments on policy issues pertaining to gaming regulation. We advise on industry-wide issues through industry associations such as Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and All-India Gaming Federation (AIGF). We have advised start-ups and investors on the legal and policy status of fantasy stocks games, that pose risks under both anti-gambling and securities laws and lie in a grey area.

We regularly advise one of India’s largest gaming platforms on legal and policy issues relating to gambling, data, payments, advertising, virtual assets, intermediary liability, tax, etc. We monitor legislative proposals and court cases at the central and state level and assess their impact on the client’s business. We also authored an investor-facing report which assessed the client’s legal compliance and demonstrated its adherence to best practices.

Our gaming practice has regularly been recognized as a leading practice by the India Business Law Journal (IBLJ).

the status quo

Challenging the status quo...