With online card games gaining immense popularity, companies that run online rummy games have now come together to setup a regulatory body, The Rummy Federation (TRF). This is a self-regulatory body with a CEO.
According to an Economic Times report, the express purpose of TRF would be to enhance the credibility of their offerings, namely online card games among the user communities.
TRF has outlined certain standards and guidelines for their members to follow and if any of the companies is found to be in violation of these guidelines, then the TRF stamp issued to them will be withdrawn.
The guidelines are mainly aimed at disallowing underage players, ensuring fairness and transparency, preventing fraud and money laundering. These are genuine concerns among the members of the public as well as the law enforcement agencies. In addition to these, the regulator body wants to create provisions to identify players on these online sites who may be addicts or of a vulnerable type. A watch will be kept on such players.
Among the practices to be followed by the members of the federation will be a questionnaire that the players visiting the sites have to fill in describing various aspects, a virtual self-assessment. There cannot be multiple accounts by the same player and no bots will be permitted. These are meant to check any frauds.
The issue of data security is also being addressed, with the online gaming sites directed to encrypt all personal data they collect from their customers. There will be a periodic audit conducted by the TRF to check if the self-imposed regulations are followed by the industry members.
In the Indian context, a few games have been recognized as games of skill, and it includes Horse Racing, Rummy and Fantasy Sports.