The Online Rummy Federation (TORF) has welcomed a recent statement made by the Additional Advocate General (AAG) Mr M. Sricharan Rangarajan. In it, he informed the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court that the Tamil Nadu state government was actively considering regulating the online skill gaming sector.
In a release, TORF reiterated the steps and process that its members have voluntarily taken to ensure safe play online. These include strict know your customer protocols, responsible playing features, no bots, and technical steps to promote secure gaming.
The TORF is quoted as saying: "We strongly feel that the government should regulate this sector to ensure only legitimate, legal operators who follow strict protocols are allowed to operate and a clear distinction drawn from those who try and operate above the law.
"Tens of thousands of players from Tamil Nadu enjoy playing online rummy safely and responsibly. Effective regulation will let the vast majority of the players who play responsibly continue to enjoy the game, protect the players that are vulnerable, and lead to substantial additional revenues for the government."
TORF believes an absence of regulation leads to underground gambling with shady operators involved, and players having no form of redress for grievances. It proposes the Tamil Nadu government follows a regulatory framework for games of skills like those in Nagaland and Sikkim.
Membership of TORF is voluntary, but many of India’s biggest names in online gaming are members. These include RummyCircle.com, JungleeRummy.com, and Mobile Premier League.
TORF rebranded in June 2020 to reflect the move to online gaming.