The growth of esports in India – a short review of the main legal and regulatory challenges
Esports is booming throughout the India, helped by the proliferation of fast broadband connections and a population of 600 million under the age of 25 (more young people than any other country in the world). As readers are no doubt aware, the rapid expansion of esports globally, combined with its unique characteristics, has bought with it a complex array of legal and policy considerations that the industry as whole is currently trying to grapple with. This article tracks the trends and legal issues particular to India, most notably:
Recognition of professional esports players as “athletes” and the need for regulatory maturity; and
Problems around betting, match fixing and cheating.
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- Tags: Anti-Corruption | Anti-Doping | Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) | Athlete Welfare | Employment | Esports | Esports Federation of India (ESFI) | Governance | India | International Esports Federation (IESF) | Regulation
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Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Jindal Global Law School
Shaun Star is an Associate Professor & Assistant Dean (International Collaborations) at Jindal Global Law School and Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies at O.P. Jindal Global University.