Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar to deliver keynote at Indian Gaming Convention on 5 December

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) and the E-Gaming Federation (EGF) is set to organise the first edition the Indian Gaming Convention (IGC), on 5 December 2023, at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. Government of India minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, and electronics and information technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar will deliver the keynote address at the valedictory session.

Leading policymakers, regulators, gaming industry captains, marketers, game developers and service providers will converge on one platform to address the IGC, which is expected to draw more than 700 delegates, including senior professionals of the online gaming ecosystem of the country.

Among stalwarts of the gaming landscape who will share their insights at the IGC will be Games24x7 co-founder Dr. Trivikraman Thampy; Zupee founder & CEO Dilsher Singh Malhi; Lumikai general partner Salone Sehgal; Oneplus director (marketing) Ishita Grover; DreamSports general counsel Deepak Jacob and EGF CEO Anuraag Saxena.

International speakers, addressing the IGC will include Jean Major, a former Canadian regulator currently on the Board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission, and Sarah Ramansaukas, a player safety expert from the UK, who co-founded The Game Safety Institute.

Elaborating on the context of the convention, IAMAI chairman and Dream Sports CEO & co-founder Harsh Jain said, “2023 has been a defining year for India’s online gaming industry, marked by multiple positive developments like MeitY’s appointment as our nodal ministry, notification of the IT regulations and clarity on taxation. These developments will facilitate the industry’s sustainable and responsible growth over the long term. I look forward to insightful discussions at IGC, where the focus will be on exploring collaborative strategies between industry, government, and the ecosystem to enable a safe, trusted, and accountable Indian online gaming industry that can emerge as the global hub for gaming.”

IAMAI Online Gaming Committee chairman and Games24X7 co-founder & co-CEO Bhavin Pandya said, “The Indian online gaming industry is going through a tectonic shift, with 2023 being a landmark year in its evolution. Key tax and policy frameworks have laid a robust foundation for the online gaming sector, but there is a long way to go from here. This underscores the need for platforms like the Indian Gaming Convention (IGC) where open and honest dialogues between industry and government, stakeholders and partners, and visionaries and innovators are earnestly facilitated. Such platforms are crucial for our industry to seize opportunities and face challenges collectively. I’m confident that the IGC will evolve into a central platform which will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of the online gaming industry in India.”

More than 35 of subject-experts will deliberate upon the opportunities and challenges before India’s online gaming industry 360 degrees in 10 of sessions, including keynotes, fireside chats, and panel discussions. Some of the key sessions of the IGC will be on “Future of Gaming: Fuelling Innovation to Make India a Global Gaming Hub”, “Empowering the Digital Landscape: Online Gaming’s Role in Fueling Digital India”, ”Building a Robust National Regulatory Framework for Online Gaming”, “Investor Insights: How Can the Industry Build Through Regulatory Shifts”, “Gaming’s Role in Promoting Culture, Education, and Sports”, and “Voices of the Game: Online Gaming in India, A User-Speaks Experience.”

Value Leaf is the Platinum Partner of the IGC, and it is being supported by the Government of Telangana.