Supreme Court Upheld Online Fantasy Gaming Site Dream11’s fantasy sports Format as a ‘Game of Skill’

The Supreme Court has upheld online fantasy gaming site Dream11’s fantasy sports format as a ‘game of skill’ by its order dated 30th July 2021. Through this order, it dismissed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) that alleged that the Online Fantasy Sports (OFS) format offered by Dream11 amounted to gambling, wagering and betting and is not a ‘Game of Skill’.

This reaffirms the judgments 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.

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.”

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