ASCI gets 117 complaints related to online gaming
Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the self-regulatory organization of the advertising industry in India, has reported having received around 117 complaints surrounding online real money gaming between January 2021 to January 2022. This was revealed by Anurag Thakur, the I&B minister, at the Lok Sabha. has also added that complaints that relate to the violation of the guidelines laid down by ASCI on winnings of real money in online gaming and consequent gaming advertisements which violate the rules are examined and assessed by ASCI.
As pointed out by him, all the advertisements which are broadcasted on private satellite TV channels have to be in accordance with the rules as prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. The ministry issues recommendations to the broadcasters from time to time, to ensure that the advertisements obey the Advertising Code.
On December 4, 2020, the ASCI issued guidelines to the private satellite TV channels to adhere to the ASCI code related to online gaming and take measures to stop further fraudulent activities related to online gaming which can pose a financial risk for the consumers.
The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) which has been founded under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019 in order to protect the rights and interests of the consumers, can direct the concerned manufacturer, advertiser, trader, publisher or endorser to stop the portrayal of fallacious advertisements or advertisements which are misleading or to make changes to the same.