On this basis, the Court adjudged that playing on Dream11 constitutes a ‘game of mere skill’, which makes the Dream11 game exempt from the provisions of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 (PGA). In fact, the company itself drove the point by branding the game with a tagline “Khelo dimag se” .
Now to answer your question, Dream11 is not a gambling site but a platform to play online fantasy sports. To give you a fair idea, I’ll cite an example from cricket. A match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians is to be played at 8:00 PM IST, so someone who is playing on Dream11 will be allowed to form a team of eleven players till 7:00 PM IST.
The Punjab & Haryana High Court had upheld that Dream11 reasoned that games of “mere skill” do not fall within gambling and betting, and that success in Dream11 comes from a “user’s. On this basis, the Court adjudged that playing on Dream11 constitutes a ‘game of mere skill’, which makes the Dream11 game exempt from the provisions of the Public Gambling Act, 1867 (PGA).
The Hon’ble HC, Rajasthan in the matter of Ravindra Singh Chaudhary vs. Union of India [D. B. Civil Writ Petition No. 20779/2019 dated October 16, 2020] held that Dream11’s online fantasy sports games are not betting/gambling.
Dream11 is an official partner of BCCI’s IPL despite being prohibited in five states. Dream11 is considered to be a form of gambling as the contestants can make money by predicting the ...
Dream11 is considered to be a form of gambling as the contestants can make money by predicting the performance of the players. Currently, Dream11 is associated with IPL through a three-year deal ...
Gambling and betting are prohibited sectors for foreign investment. Therefore, a ruling from the SC holding that a portal like Dream11 in its current format is not a gambling and betting platform has cleared the air for foreign investors looking to invest in and capitalize from the fast-moving sector of online gaming and fantasy sports.
In view of the above, the Bombay High Court concluded that the contests/ games carried out by Dream 11 do not amount to betting or gambling. Accordingly, the acknowledgement amount would qualify as an actionable claim, which is neither considered as supply of goods nor services under GST [Schedule III of CGST Act].