Game of Skills
Games of skill are lawful, as they are excluded from the scope of Indian betting/gambling enactments, including the Public Gambling Act of 1867. The Indian Supreme Court in similar cases* has held that any game wherein achievement of success relies mainly on the superlative knowledge, preparation, careful consideration, focus and attention, experience and/or talent of the player will be considered as a game of skill.
The contest(s) on Megastar11 platform fall under the category of games of skill as the achievement of success by participants relies mainly on their level of awareness and knowledge of the overall statistics for cricket, football, or any other sport specified on this platform. Other factors that further add to the case include: a) participants' knowledge on players' relative structure, players' performance in a specific domain, conditions or format (for example, ODIs, test cricket or Twenty20) b) participants' level of attention and commitment towards the contest(s) c) participants' talent and expertise in playing such contest(s). The contest(s) also expects participants to handle each team with restricted assets and make replacements at fitting occasions to be able to collect the maximum points. By taking an interest in this contest(s), every participant recognizes and accepts that he/she is partaking in a game of skill.
*K Satyanarayana v/s the state of Andhra Pradesh (AIR 1968 SC 825) and KR Lakshmanan v/s the territory of Tamil Nadu (AIR 1996 SC 1153)
Gaming Law and Regulations in India
The PGA (Public Gaming Act) characterizes the act of "public gambling," "open betting," and “running a common gaming house” as a culpable and criminal act in India. However, the fantasy sporting games and events are viewed as an exemption under the PGA wherein the provisions and disciplines of PGA are rendered irrelevant to the games played by the participants utilizing their aptitudes, expertise, and knowledge as essential instruments to play and win.
-The contest(s) are open solely to people over the age of 18 years.
-The contest(s) are open solely to people residing in India.
-Megastar11 may, as per the laws applicable in certain Indian states, restrict people living in those states from partaking in the contest(s).
-As of now, people living in the Indian states of Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Nagaland, and Sikkim may not be allowed to partake in the paid form of the contest. The laws of the aforementioned states prohibit their residents from participating in even games of skill where members are expected to pay to participate.
-People who wish to enter the contest must provide a valid email-id and contact number.
-Megastar11 may, on receipt of data, restrict (or ban) an individual from entering the contest or potentially pull back any or all winning sums if such individual is suspected to be aware of insider information on the participating teams.
-Only verified registered users of Megastar11 website or app and those who have registered as a participant before each match, as per the rules mentioned above, will be qualified to enter the contest and win rewards.