Varun was scrolling through the social media account of a friend in 2017 when he came across fantasy cricket and Dream11 in 2017. He downloaded the app and created an account, but lost Rs 50,000 in just two games.
His case: In March 2017, I registered myself on the website after being satisfied with Dream11’s claim that their operations were legitimate and did not amount to gambling under the Public Gambling Act, 1867. I transferred Rs 50,000 from my credit card and created a virtual team for the cricket match between Ireland and Afghanistan. I lost Rs 24,000. The next day, I played a football league match between Manchester City and Middle Borough, and lost Rs 26,000. Left with a balance of just Rs 3, I understood that the activities offered on Dream11 were not based on skill; it’s purely a game of chance and amounts to gambling under the Act.