Mobile Premier League, Other Online Gaming Apps Block Access in Karnataka as Ban Takes Effect

Following an online gaming prohibition in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sequoia Capital-backed Mobile Premier League (MPL) was among the first few gaming businesses to begin restricting access to customers on Wednesday.

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The rule prohibits online games including betting and wagering, as well as “any act of risking money. And on the uncertain outcome of an event, including on a game of skill,” which went into effect late Tuesday.

The latest prohibition has heightened fears that rising state rules could stifle India’s young but burgeoning gaming industry. Whereas international investors have poured millions of dollars into the gaming industry in the country in recent months.

MPL’s gaming app sent out messages to Karnataka users on Wednesday morning, saying: “Sorry for the inconvenience! Your state’s laws prohibit you from participating in Fantasy sports.”

Fantasy cricket and football games are available on the casino app, with real-money wagering available.

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Paytm First Games was still active. However, Dream11, one of India’s most popular gaming apps supported by Tiger Global, was not.

Mobile Premier League and Paytm did not answer right away, while Dream11 declined to comment.

After Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, home to some of the world’s largest internet businesses and India’s tech capital Bengaluru, is the latest Indian state to outlaw such online games. Tamil Nadu had enacted similar legislation, but the bill was overturned by the state’s high court.

These states are essential for the gaming business, according to an industry source who told Reuters earlier that they account for around 20% of total sales for businesses.

“The industry will challenge this in court and seek legal action,” said Roland Landers, chief executive of the All India Gaming Federation.

Netflix Acquires Night School Studio That Created Oxenfree, Rolls Out New Mobile Games

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Netflix nowadays is a platform with huge watch minutes. It has almost all the trending shows and movies existing in the show business. It has now bought a video game creator named Night School Studio. It rolled out five mobile gaming titles which are in European markets. The company said on Tuesday, as it looks to diversify revenue sources amid intensifying competition in the streaming space.

Night School Studio is the company’s first gaming studio purchased it is best known for its debut game. Its first game is Oxenfree, a supernatural teen thriller. It has a marvelous soundtrack.

Netflix allows film, TV, and now game makers and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people,” Night School Studio said in a statement. “Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing.”

The studio’s games are available only on Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox,  and Nintendo Switchand PCs. They will be the first non-mobile titles in the streaming company’s newly created video game portfolio.

Netflix said while announcing the acquisition, “Like our shows and films, these games will all be included as part of your Netflix membership — all with no advertisements and no in-app purchases.” 

“We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV,” the company said in its shareholder letter.

It is an American over-the-top platform media service. It is one of the most demanded subscription-based libraries of movies and shows.