Two Indian courts have now ruled that online fantasy leagues are legal and a game of skill

Dream11 founders Harsh Jain and Bhavit Seth
  • Bombay High Court has dismissed a PIL which claimed Dream11 encourages gambling.
  • The High Court order has said that it is a game of skill, and not chance.
  • Earlier, the Punjab and Haryana High Court too had declared the Dream11 format of fantasy sports as legal.
Indian gaming unicorn Dream11 has got another big boost – from Bombay High Court no less. The High Court dismissed a PIL filed by an advocate and said that Dream11 is a game of skill and not of chance.

The PIL had claimed that online fantasy league game encourages gambling.

This comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court too declared the Dream11 format of fantasy sports as legal. The order said that the game requires considerable skill and judgment. This order was further ratified by the Supreme Court.


The Indian fantasy gaming industry is projected to be a ₹118.8 billion market by 2023. While cricket holds the majority of the market share, other games are picking up too.

Dream11 has had a great run this year – from turning a unicorn with a billion Dollar valuation, in April 2019. Its users also swelled to 67 million after IPL in 2019, and was also the official partners for the league.

With the ongoing World Cup, Dream11 aims to gain even more.


“We expect to have 90 million users by the end of the World Cup and 100 million by the end of 2019,” Bhavit Sheth, COO, Dream11 had told Business Insider in an interview earlier. Sheth and Harsh Jain had co-founded the startup, 11 years ago.

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