The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B Ministry) has issued an advisory/advisory on television commercials for online gaming and fantasy sports in all private satellite TV channels on 4 December 2020.
This advice instructs advertisers to provide appropriate disclaimers that clearly state that such sports involve financial risks and that no one under 18 should participate. This guideline will come into effect from December 15, 2020.
In its advice to all private satellite TV channels, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has stated that, to win real money, in any gaming advertisement, anyone under the age of 18 or who is under the age of 18 , It should not be shown in online gaming.
The ministry also said that every gaming advertisement should have a disclaimer / disclaimer – “This game involves financial risk and can lead to addiction. Please play this game responsibly and at your own risk.”
The Ministry of I&B has also issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels regarding advertisements, directing them to ensure that advertisements do not, in general, promote any activity which is a statute or act. Is prohibited by
This advice was issued after bringing to the notice of the I&B Ministry that a large number of advertisements are appearing on television on online gaming and fantasy sports. There were concerns that such advertisements appear to be misleading and therefore not compliant with the Advertising Code directed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
To address the same issue, the I&B Ministry, along with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, convened an advisory meeting of stakeholders on November 18, 2020, and after consultation in this meeting, it was decided. Was that ASCI will issue appropriate guidelines to ensure that the advertisements are transparent and are designed to protect consumers.