Fantasy Cult takes great care to comply with all central and state legislation in India to ensure that our users are fully protected. Every contest on our platform is carefully designed to comply with applicable statutes and regulations in India.
Below are the key points from an Indian High Court’s judgement specifically regarding Fantasy sports. A challenge to this judgement was also dismissed by the Supreme Court of India: The Court, in its ruling, stated that playing Fantasy sports involves considerable skill, judgement and discretion and that success in Fantasy sports arises out of users’ exercise, superior knowledge, judgment and attention.
The Court also held that ‘the element of skill’ had a predominant influence on the outcome of Fantasy sports games, which follows the following format:
Participants have to choose a team consisting of at least the same no. of players as playing in a real-life sports team (e.g. 5 in basketball, 7 in kabaddi and 11 in cricket/football) All contests are run for at least the duration of one full sports match No team changes are allowed by participants after the start of the sports match On this basis, the Court adjudged that playing Fantasy sports constitutes a ‘game of mere skill’, which exempts Fantasy from the provisions of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 (PGA). Finally, the Court held that Fantasy sports is a legitimate business activity protected under Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India.
You can find more information on the legality of Fantasy sports and Fantasy Sports in India on the website of the Indian Federation of Sports Gaming (IFSG): www.ifsg.in. IFSG is India’s first and only self-regulatory Sports Gaming industry body formed to protect consumer interest and create standardized best practices in the Sports Gaming industry.