A taxi driver files a complaint against an online gaming platform


A Nagarabhavi taxi driver has filed a lawsuit against an online gaming company and its founders and directors for allegedly running a hugely popular fantasy sports platform despite the recent ban. In his complaint, Manjunath, 42, said the company takes advantage of people who lose money betting online.

Based on the complaint filed Thursday, the Annapoorneshwari Nagar police registered a complaint against the founders and directors of the company, charging them under Articles 79 and 80 (execution, authorization or provision of money to endgame) of the Karnataka Police Act, 1963.

When asked why he was making the complaint, Mr Manjunath told police that after reading media reports on the ban, he scanned the Play Store and the internet to see how many online gambling sites had closed their doors. He alleged that while many companies blocked their apps so that they could not be used, there was one exception, Dream 11, a fantasy sports platform. This has allowed players to create their fantastic teams in sports ranging from cricket to kabbadi on the basis of real matches to score maximum points and win cash prizes, he said in his complaint.

An online search for Dream 11 brought it to the official site. “Many players have already won big prizes on Dream11 and the company runs different types of cash contests, each with their own entry fees and cash prizes,” he said. Police, who registered an FIR, said they would send a notice to the company hosting Dream 11 as part of their investigation.


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