India Prohibits 138 Chinese Betting Apps, Including dafabet

    Following an MHA directive, MeitY has restricted access to 232 digital loan and betting apps with Chinese connections such as dafabet.

    These apps were allegedly in violation of Section 69 of IT Act.

    Some of the now-prohibited apps are Betway, Lotus 365, dafabet and 1xBet etc.

    Intensifying its digital campaign against China, India has initiated a new wave of application bans, targeting 138 foreign betting platforms in the country. Some of such apps are dafabet

    On 5th February, the Ministry of Home Affairs instructed MeitY or Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to prohibit and block 232 apps with origins or connections to China, including 94 online lending and 138 betting apps like dafabet

    Sources revealed that these apps were violating Section 69 of IT Act. Moreover, senior ministry officials believe that the content within these apps posed a potential threat to the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.

    India’s Clampdown on Apps with Chinese Connections

    A significant concern in the government’s deliberations on this issue was the way these lending apps trapped Indian citizens in debt while charging excessive interest rates.

    The ban arises in response to increasing public demands for stricter regulation of digital loan apps, accused of mistreating borrowers. The involvement of Chinese entities and individuals operating such platforms has further complicated the situation.

    During the past year’s ongoing efforts to combat these apps, it has been discovered that many Chinese lending apps seize control of users’ phones and transmit sensitive data to the digital lenders. Moreover, in numerous cases, these apps have reportedly used manipulated images to blackmail individuals during debt collection.

    Such platforms have led many people into debt traps, resulting in several reported cases of young adults and older individuals taking their own lives in recent years. Although the government has instructed Google to take action against such apps in its marketplace, the efforts have seen limited success thus far.

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    Interestingly, the websites of domestic lending tech companies like Prosus-backed PayU’s Kissht and LazyPay are blocked, although their apps, such as dafabet, remain available for download on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

    Conversely, betting apps have been making headlines for negative reasons. Numerous platforms entice users with promises of high returns, only to ensnare them in cycles of substantial payments without winnings.

    There have been cases where Chinese nationals, in collusion with Indians, allegedly managed multiple entities to run fraudulent online gaming platforms. Profits from these counterfeit apps have often been laundered and sent across the border.

    Operating without oversight and based outside India, these betting websites prove challenging to prosecute in legal cases.

    Many betting platforms have also masqueraded as sports blogs, using indirect methods to attract users.

    Following the Indian government’s recent directive to Google, which required the search giant to cease displaying ads from foreign online betting companies, video streaming services were also urged not to air ads associated with online betting.

    This action takes place almost a year after government banned 54 applications, including dafabet, due to concerns over their Chinese origins or connections.

    The online betting apps ban saga started in 2020 when the central government first banned 59 apps in June, affecting major names such as TikTok, ShareIt, and UC Browser etc.

    Subsequent bans impacted around 320 Chinese apps. With the addition of current 232 apps that makes total number of banned apps now reaches 552.

    Complete List of Chinese-Connected Betting Apps Prohibited by the Government:

    1. Sports Betting Game – BETUP
    2. 3patti Guide
    3. Sports Betting™ the Sportsbook
    4. Lagai Khai Pro – Betting Game
    5. Live Bet Zlive
    6. WagerLab Bet on Sports & Props
    7. Bet On Sports
    8. BetNetix: Football Betting
    9. Lucky slots -casino VIP
    10. SuperDraft Sportsbook – Prizes
    11. 1xBet: sports betting
    12. Betway – Live Sports Betting
    13. 22Bet: Live Sports Betting
    14. Parimatch: Live Sports Betting
    15. BetWiser – Best Betting Odd
    16. Bet On Sports
    17. Cricket: Sports Betting
    18. 20Bet
    19. BETUP – Sports Betting Game
    20. Lagai Khai Pro
    21. Scores And Odds Sports Betting
    22. BetQL – Sports Betting Data
    23. BettingPros: Sports Betting
    24. VegasInsider Sports Betting
    25. Best Bet Casino™ Slot Games
    26. Win2Win
    27. Papel Betting Tips
    28. TipsterMan – Betting Tips
    29. Football Betting Tips & Odds
    30. Betting United: Betting Tips
    31. Onside Sports: Scores, Live Od
    32. Sports Betting Picks & Tip App
    33. London Betting Tips
    34. Bet Analytix
    35. betM – Sports Betting Tool
    36. Betting Tips
    37. Betting Tips  
    38. SI – Betting tips
    39. BetMines Betting Predictions
    40. Virtual Sports Betting Predict
    41. Betstamp – Sports Betting Hub
    42. Play To Win: Win Real Money
    43. SattaMatka Fix Game
    44. Pikkit: Sports Bet Tracker
    45. Sports Betting for Real
    46. Bingo Crown – Fun Bingo Games
    47. myVEGAS Bingo – Bingo Games
    48. Spin for Cash!-Real Money Slot
    49. Bingo Crown – Fun Bingo Games
    50. Casino Real Money: Win Cash
    51. Crash Rocket Gambling
    52. Golden Slots
    53. Super Slot – Win Cash
    54. Enchanted Island
    55. Big Winner – Lucky Wheel
    56. Silver Luck
    57. Anubis Treasure
    58. 3 Lucky Casino
    59. Divine Fortune 2
    60. Happy 3Patti

    More on the prohibited list

    1. Block Online Gambling – Gamban
    2. DoubleU Casino™ – Vegas Slots
    3. PokerStars: Texas Holdem Games
    4. Cashman Casino Las Vegas Slots
    5. Teen Patti Dhamal
    6. Lotus 365
    7. Satta King: Satta Matka Result
    8. Games
    9. CRICKET ΒΕΤЅ | All Cricket Βеt
    10. Roulette Online
    11. Teen Patti Lucky Gold
    12. Bet Winner-Popular online game
    13. Avia Pilot
    14. Record Trade
    15. Teen Patti Romio
    16. Rich Club
    17. Ludo Vungo
    18. Lucky Star Slots-Vegas Casino  
    19. Teen Patti Kash
    20. Teen Patti Guide
    21. Teen Patti Bhoomi: Patti Poker
    22. dafabet – 2022
    23. Bet O Bet-Live Sports Betting
    24. Megapari
    25. Spin casino: Slot machines
    26. Live Baccarat
    27. Betfair Live Line
    28. BetVictor Bet
    29. Blackjack Live
    30. ladbrokes odds&tips
    31. Rummy
    32. Zodiac Casino
    33. Grand Mondial Casino
    34. Videoslots Fun
    35. RABONA
    36. Royal Panda
    37. Casumo Casino
    38. Casumo Online Games: Extended
    39. Casumo Slots
    40. Vegas Royal
    41. betM – Sports Betting Tool
    42. MostBet
    43. Pure Win
    44. Zet Casino
    45. INDIBET
    46. Lottabet
    47. Wheel of Fortune
    48. MELBET
    49. Slots Machines – Vegas Casino
    50. Betvisa
    51. AndarBahar Poker
    52. Babu88
    53. 888STRAZ
    54. Trueflip
    55. Betindi
    56. Betobet
    57. Betkwiff
    58. Bambet
    59. Shangrila
    60. Come On
    61. Bons
    62. william Hill App
    63. NEO.Bet App
    64. PariPesa App
    65. Match Book App
    66. 4rabet App
    67. Tivit Bet App
    68. Fun88
    69. Royal Vegas
    70. Europa Casino
    71. Spin Casino
    72. Genesis Casino
    73. Jackpot City Casino
    74. OPPA 888
    75. Grand Mondial
    76. Zodiac Casino
    77. Rummy
    78. Live Blackjack (Blackjack 21: Live Casino game)


    The decision by the Indian government to ban 138 Chinese betting apps, including popular platforms such as dafabet, Betway, and Parimatch, reflects the increasing concerns around the security and privacy of Indian citizens’ data. This move also highlights the growing tensions between India and China, particularly in the wake of border disputes and the COVID-19 pandemic. While this ban may impact the revenue of these companies, it underscores the importance of complying with local laws and regulations to avoid such repercussions.

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