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Gaming apps block access in India’s Silicon Valley state

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Gaming apps block access in India's Silicon Valley state

Sequoia capital-funded Mobile Premier League (MPL) was among the first few gaming startups that began blocking access to users in the Indian state of Karnataka on Wednesday (Oct 6) following a ban on online gaming.

The law, which came into effect late on Tuesday, bans online games involving betting and wagering, and “any act or risking money, or otherwise on the unknown result of an event including on a game of skill.”

The latest ban has intensified concerns that growing state regulations could hit the nascent but booming gaming sector in India, where foreign investors have pumped in millions of dollars in recent months.

MPL’s gaming app showed messages to users in Karnataka that said: “Sorry! The law in your state does not permit you to play fantasy sports”, “fantasy games are locked” and “cash games are locked.”

The gaming app offers fantasy cricket and football games and allows real money wagering on them.

Dream11, one of India’s most popular gaming apps backed by Tiger Global, was still operational, but Paytm First Games was not.

Dream11 declined to comment, while MPL and Paytm did not immediately respond.

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