Online fantasy sports platform Dream11 has won the legal battle to keep its business going. The Supreme Court of India has upheld that the fantasy sports format on the digital platform equates to ‘games of skill’ and not gambling, wagering on betting.
The Supreme Court by a July 30, 2021, order has dismissed the special leave petition that alleged that the 0nline fantasy sports format offered by Dream11 amounted to gambling, wagering and betting. The petitioner had alleged that it was not a ‘game of skill’.
“The Supreme Court while dismissing the SLP against Rajasthan High Court Order, has emphasized that, with the dismissal of SLPs against orders of Punjab & Haryana and Bombay High Court, the issue of gambling is already decided by it. Simply put, the Fantasy Sports formats which are in line with the analysis of the Punjab & Haryana High Court are games of skill and are legal formats no more open to scrutiny,” said senior advocate Gopal Jain.
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The court has once again reaffirmed the judgements passed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court and the Bombay High Court, and has upheld the judgment passed by the Rajasthan High Court, where the legality of the online fantasy sports format as offered by Dream11 as a ‘Game of Skill’ was sustained. Thus the legality of Dream11’s online fantasy sports format as protected by the Constitution of India, is now final by law and in fact.
The High Court of Rajasthan had earlier declined to entertain a public interest litigation, stating that in the light of orders passed by Punjab & Haryana High Court and Bombay High Court, the matter of gambling has already been put to rest.