The journey of online real money gaming has been promising as the growth trajectory is only going upwards – especially after Covid-19. The repeated mandated lockdowns pushed more players across the world to play online real money games and cash in on some massive winnings. As per the All India Gaming Federation – The Online Gaming in India – The GST Conundrum’ report, the online real money players are expected to grow from 80 million in 2020 to 150 million by 2023.
Despite the RMG space growing at a head-spinning pace, it is a highly unregulated industry in India. Factors like industry moving from brick-and-mortar casinos to online space, easy accessibility, growing networking capabilities, integration of cloud, mobile apps, and social networks are appealing not only to the gamers but also to the fraudsters.
As the space is unregulated, it is a breeding ground for bad actors who can cause reputational, financial, and regulatory risks to the business. Online gaming operators need a robust KYC framework to protect themselves from sophisticated and fraudulent attacks.