IAMAI’s Gaming Summit, GATO2021 to focus on regulatory mechanisms and investments


Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), in association with Games 24×7, will organise the fourth edition of India’s largest B2B gaming summit GATO’21 on 15th September, with a key focus on framing a gaming regulatory mechanism and creating the right conditions for more investment into the sector.

With the theme –Digital Gaming: The Next Leap, the conference will curate discussions around the importance of a regulatory framework, ameliorate concerns regarding taxation, discourage online gambling and unlock immense potential of the segment by boosting employment, encouraging innovation and attracting more investment.

Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce (I&C) Department & Information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C), Government of Telangana; Smt. Tanushree DebBarma, IAS, Revenue Department, Government of Tripura; Bhavin Pandya, CEO, Games24x7; among others are some of the key speakers at the summit. The event will be attended by over 800 business delegates and 100 brands.

Bhavin Pandya

Bhavin Pandya, Co-Founder and CEO, Games24x7, said, Online skill games, with the appropriate regulatory structure and support, have the potential to not only dominate India’s gaming sector but also propel it to become the next online superpower.”

Akshat Rathee

Akshat Rathee, MD, Nodwin Gaming, said, “With the advent of social tools and technologies, engagement has rapidly evolved from the way we first analysed it.

“Looking forward to speaking with the panelists on what real engagement is and how it can become the common currency among creators, platforms and advertisers,” Rathee said.

Ali Hussein

Ali Hussein, CEO, Eros Now, said, “I won’t be surprised if gaming emerges as one of the most significant contributors to the Indian economy in the future. But for that to happen, we need to start having the right conversation now.

“I am confident that GATO will do what is precisely required – bring all stakeholders together to discuss and create a conducive environment for the entire gaming ecosystem to expand,” Hussein said.

The event will also see the launch of a report — “Building up the e-gaming ecosystem of India and the influence of smartphones”, by IAMAI & OnePlus. The report talks about the booming e-gaming sector on the backbone of the smartphone industry.