Wednesday, December 29, 2010

As long as it is rummy try your hand in Gujarat

Aman Gymkhana Pvt Limited, Gujarat got relief after the Gujarat High Court declared Rummy Card Game as a game of skill and not gambling. The club owners were not happy with the regular raids and harassment by police over the issue of gambling because of which they approached the High Court.

A single judge bench of Justice Akil Kureshi considered a judgment of Apex court in case of The state of Andhra Pradesh v. K. Satyanarayana and others, reported in AIR 1968 SC 825 to give relief to the petitioner. In the said judgment, the apex court held that rummy involves element of skill and is not a game of chance and involves no element of gambling.

The court disposed of the matter with a direction to authorities that they shall not interfere with the members of petitioner’s club or any other visitors as long as it involves no element of gambling.

The court however clarified that this order should not be understood to be limiting the powers of police authorities to verify whether in name of rummy, gambling is going on in certain premises.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rediff launches gaming section with social networking features

Nasdaq-listed portal, today announced the launch of a gaming section on the website which combines features of social networking with gaming.

Though there are a variety of websites offering online gaming, the product offering is different because it has social networking features embedded, Rediff's Associate director for product development, Prerana Nayak, said.

Using the application, one can invite friends to play a particular game, let others know of their performance, or just discuss about the game, she said.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The new reality of gaming

Video games used to be about fighting aliens and rescuing princesses. Not any more

Today’s most popular games have you tilling your farm, hiring waiting staff and devising menus for your restaurant or taking your pets out for walks while maintaining cordial relations with the neighbours. Reality it would seem is the new escapism.

Farming, running a restaurant or keeping a pet are three of the most successful game concepts on social networks like Facebook or smartphone platforms like iPhone and Android. For instance, Farmville is today the most popular game on Facebook with close to 55 million people playing it every month. Its maker, California-based Zynga — all of three years old — is reported to be (privately) worth USD 5.5 billion. Two of Zynga’s well known peers, Playfish and Playdom, were acquired by Electronic Arts (EA) and Disney over the last year for USD 400 million and USD 763 million, respectively.

Clearly, there’s money in social network chore-gaming. But why on earth are people actually doing it?

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