AIGF Prepares for Annual India Gaming Enclave in New Delhi
The All-India Gaming Federation (AIGF) will host its 2nd Annual India Gaming Enclave in the first week of June. The India Gaming Enclave will take place at the Lalit Hotel in New Delhi.
Attendees of the conference will see keynote speeches and panel discussions on a variety of gaming issues, including skill-based gaming machine investments, regulated market taxation, regulation of gambling advertisements, and responsible gaming.
AIGF’s chief executives, Roland Landers, sent out a press release discussing the 2018 India Gaming Enclave which said, “We are delighted to felicitate our eminent advisory panel at the India Gaming Conclave 2018. It is satisfying to have succeeded in putting together good governance initiatives for our members through the self- regulation charters and third-party audits that augurs extremely well for the growing skill gaming Industry in India.”
AIGF Advisory Panel Introduced
At the event, the All India Gaming Federation plans to unveil its AIGF Advisory Panel. The panel will include distinguished experts in the fields of gaming law, finance, research and data science, academia, and psychology.
The mission statement of the first iteration of the AIGF Advisory Panel is two-fold. First, it will oversee skill game charters. Skill-based slot machines and skill-based gambling machines are a growing factor in the global gaming machine industry.
Skill-Based Gambling Machines
Skill-based gaming machines introduce an element of skill to traditional slot machines, because members of the younger generation find slot machines to be dull. Millennials grew up playing skill-based video games and smartphone gaming apps, so they find little entertainment in games of pure chance like slot machines.
Since slots generate as much as 70% of gaming revenues for some casinos, skill-based gambling machines have been introduced in the United States and Australia. The gaming panel will discuss how skill gaming could affect the Indian gambling industry, while also implementing skill-based gambling machine laws in India.
Responsible Gambling Initiatives
The second issue the AIGF Advisory Panel plans to discuss is responsible gambling initiatives. A variety of measures have been introduced to other gaming jurisdictions over the past 5 to 10 years. Self-exclusion lists have become standard in the UK, Australia, the USA, and Europe.
A similar concept, called the “panic button“, also has been adopted in the United Kingdom — though few other nations have introduced the online panic button. Hotlines and helplines are an important factor for problem gamblers in most countries, though such call center must have experts, counselors, and highly-trained first responders.
In the UK, the idea of stricter limits on the bet sizes on gambling machines has gotten attention (in the UK, FOBTs in particular). Raising awareness of problem gambling, along with limiting betting ads that glamorize gambling, are important factors in limiting compulsive gambling.
Dignitaries at AIGF Conference
The guest of honor at the 2nd Annual India Gaming Enclave will be Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan, the Chairman of the Law Commission of India. Another dignitary at the enclave will be Justice R.V. Eswar, who had a distinguished career as a Delhi High Court judge. Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia, a notable football icon, also will be in attendance.
At the inaugural India Gaming Enclave in 2017, several gaming experts and judicial figures were in attendance. Luminaries at last October’s India Gaming Enclave were Justice B S Chauhan, the Chairperson of the India Law Commission; KTS Tulsi, parliamentarian and prominent Supreme Court of India Senior Advocate; Amit Goenka of the Essel Gaming Group; Phil Harisson, a regulator at Australia’s Gaming Laboratories International (Australia); Sarika Bijen Patel, a Commissioner for the prestigious UK Gaming Commission; and Justice Siddharth Mridul, a respected judge for the Delhi High Court.
Indian Gambling Laws
India appears to be liberalizing its gambling laws, though the progress is slow in such a large country. Goa allows offshore and riverboat casino gambling, though the location of and regulation imposed upon the six riverboat casinos have been controversial in recent years that politicians have won office based on their stance on Goa’s casino gaming issues.
The Indian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of expanded gambling, though most of the Indian states have yet to act on such rulings. One northern state signed an online poker deal with PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site.
Meanwhile, Indians have proven to love gambling. Tambola (bingo) games are popular, whether they are legal or not. Illegal gambling dens proliferate around the country, so much so that reports appeared that women were beginning to enjoy card games. Sports betting on cricket and football remain huge pastimes.