In what could be an ominous sign for the online gaming industry, India’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country’s gaming regulator to ban online games with randomly generated online characters, arguing that the practice is detrimental to the culture and development of children.
The government is seeking a ban on such games under the Entertainment and Media (Regulation) Act, 2017.
The Supreme Court was hearing a case involving a group of young women from Maharashtra, who had been accused of committing rape and killing their husband, in the city of Kannur in Maharashtra.
The case was first filed in 2016.
In April this year, the court also passed a order in another case involving the same young women, in which it had directed the State Government to ban a popular online game called “Dance of the Dragons” in the state of Maharashtra.
It has also banned a popular game called Dance of the Beasts, which was originally designed for a boy in India, according to a court document obtained by The Hindu.
The court also directed the state government to take action against those who allegedly use online games to harass women.