• About EGF
  • Strategic Partners
  • Our Services
  • The Advisory Panel
  • EGF Team
EGF aims to establish a unified voice of the e-gaming industry in India.

E-Gaming Federation is a not-for-profit organisation established under the Societies Regulation Act. It was established to develop and self-regulate the e-gaming industry in India.

EGF strives to create a standard structure for the smooth functioning of the online gaming ecosystem. It aims to create a sustainable and growth-oriented environment by working with key stakeholders such as central and state governments, media, law enforcement and regulators as well as peer industry bodies, online games operators, policy analysts, industry experts, economists, law firms, consulting firms, technology providers, service providers, payment gateways, and tax consultants, among many others.

Our objectives:

  • To be the single point of contact for the e-gaming industry in India
  • To facilitate and encourage the adoption of regulations / self-regulations.
  • To be an authentic source of information and knowledge about the E Gaming industry.
  • To create a sustainable environment for online gaming in India and facilitate the growth of the industry
  • To ensure a safe, transparent and responsible environment for players
  • To prescribe and promote accreditation for standard rules and practices for online gaming
  • To represent the online gaming operators in various industry forums and with policymakers for policy advocacy
  • To bring about a positive change in perception regarding the e-gaming industry
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Strategic Partners
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“The Federation is dedicated to extending its services to develop and promote the online gaming industry, to promote adoption of EGF standards and guidelines for improving business processes, and initiating policy recommendations and representing online gaming operators in various forums.”
EGF has developed guidelines and operational standards to strengthen all online gaming operators. Focused market research, events and other industry initiatives are implemented through various committees of EGF to support industry growth and to promote a fair and responsible game-play environment for all stakeholders.

There are four core areas of emphasis.
Policy Advocacy
  • Advocacy on common issues faced by online gaming players
  • Represent the industry before both State and Central Governments and be a collective voice of the industry to bring up relevant issues to the concerned authorities
  • Help in making vital recommendations on policy matters to stimulate growth of the sector
  • Formalizing standards (EGFS) for online gaming business
  • Setting up and running accreditation process based on EGFS
  • Enroll and encourage online gaming operators to adopt EGFS through accreditation
  • Organize periodic audits
Industry Events
  • Organize industry events, seminars, summits and involve various business operators, regulatory functionaries and service providers along with other stakeholders
  • Educate, create awareness about and promote the online gaming industry, & raise current industry challenges and possible solutions at such forums            
  • Create awareness about the skill and knowledge required to master the online gaming industry
  • Offer a common platform
    • to meet with other operators in the sector and share experiences
    • to represent the industry before various service providers such as banks, payment gateways, online advertisers and others
    • to interact with international players, and investors, amongst others
Market Information
  • Build and develop market knowledge
  • Conduct business research
  • Publish reports on market development and recent trends
  • Share industry research publications and EGF body of knowledge (BOK)
  • Data bank for service providers and other industry partners
  • Update and share expert opinions on legal and tax related issues
Meet the Advisory Panel
The advisory panel of the Federation comprises of the following members –
Vidushpat Singhania - Managing Partner, Krida Legal
Vidushpat Singhania is amongst the leading Sports & Gaming lawyers in India and is well recognized and acknowledged worldwide for his expertise on online skill games, league formation and rights structuring, FEMA and Tax implications, related commercial transactions and anti-doping disputes. He is also instrumental in drafting of several laws and policies related to sports and gaming in various jurisdictions and has authored several publications including the title on “Law & Sports in India”, which is a leading reference work.

He is an advocate registered with the Delhi Bar Council and a member of various councils and governing bodies such as British Association of Sport and Law, International Association of Sports Lawyers, Secretary Indian Premier League Probe, FICCI National Sports Committee, Sports Authority of India, Gaming and Leisure Group of UK-India Business Council, Regulatory Commission of the Indian Super League and International Association of Gaming Advisors and ASSOCHAM’s Sports Committee, among others.
Vaibhav Kakkar, Partner – Corporate and Regulatory, Luthra and Luthra

Vaibhav has a unique mix of extensive regulatory and transactional expertise, and specializes in structuring transactions (especially cross-border), and advising on foreign investment/exchange laws, company law, securities laws, TMT laws and gaming laws. He has advised several global corporations on appropriate strategies in relation to investments in India and domestic and multinational clients including cross-border M&A, JV, PE transactions. He has in-depth experience with industry-specific legal and regulatory issues in sectors including gaming, retail, real estate, telecommunications, pharma, education and the financial sector. He regularly advises on policy issues pertaining to the industry and worked with some of the largest online gaming companies in India. He regularly comments in the media on issues of current interest and legal developments related to the sector.

Meet EGF Team
EGF has a dedicated team of professionals who are constantly working to support all its stakeholders.

Sameer Barde
Sameer Barde, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Sameer is a senior management professional with strong Corporate Affairs, communications and entrepreneurial experience. He has successfully built and managed key relationships in corporate and government environments with strong liaising skills. He has worked in an entrepreneurial and collaborative fashion in highly matrixed structures.

He brings in depth knowledge in risk management, process management and international standards to the table.

He has worked on various advisory and board level positions in the past and prior to this he has worked with organizations like Nestle, Tesco, FICCI.

He has a post-graduation in Marketing and a BA in Public Administration. He is an avid reader, loves to cycle, trek and is a foodie at heart.
Devhuti Bakshi
Devhuti Bakshi, Director- Public Policy, E-Gaming Federation
Devhuti Bakshi is Director- Public Policy at the E-Gaming Federation and hails from a rich consulting experience in Regulatory reforms, Policy Planning and Advisory, Private Sector Investments, Investment Facilitation, Regulatory Simplification etc. She worked extensively with Ernst & Young’s Strategy & Transformation Practice, focusing on the Government Sector.

During her professional journey, she has represented the Government of India in many high-powered delegations overseas. She has also participated in several stakeholder consultations, representing both the sides of Government as well as Industry on different occasions. She is adept at providing inputs, formulating National Level Policies, and designing Central & State Government Programs.

In her latest stint, Devhuti has been a founding member of a woman-led start-up focusing on promoting Art integrated learning in school children.

Devhuti is an alumna of Hindu College, Delhi University (in Economics), and the Centre for Civil Society, a think tank advocating public policy issues. She is a trained classical dancer and has been on continuous scholarship from the Ministry of Culture during her training at Kathak Kendra; she has also performed at prestigious festivals and platforms.
Rohan Sarin
Rohan Sarin, Director- Public Policy, E-Gaming Federation
Rohan has more than a decade of extensive experience in areas of policy advocacy, strategic communications, and stakeholder engagement. He is well versed with regulatory scenario and policy framework across various sectors in the country. In his experience so far working with diverse stakeholders, he has applied critical thinking and analytical skills to advocate for requisite policy changes, establishing thought leadership, and enable opportunities to support long -term business goals thereby enhancing organization’s competitiveness.

In his stint so far with CII, PMI and Astrum, he has developed strategic relationships with senior Government officials and Industry leaders to drive requisite regulatory and policy changes. He has working knowledge of Legislature and Executive functioning in day-to-day policy environment.

He is a certified Associate in Project Management from Project Management Institute, USA. Further, he has done his MBA in Finance from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and BA in Economics from Delhi University. In his spare time, he loves to read, travel.
Niharika Sneha
Niharika Sneha, AVP - Communications, E-Gaming Federation
Niharika is AVP – Communications at E-Gaming Federation. She is a public relations professional with more than 9 years of experience in managing operations involving strategic media planning and team building. Niharika specializes in curation and execution of corporate reputation campaigns, focused message delivery and cultivating media relations.

Prior to this Niharika worked with Genesis BCW as an Account Director where she was responsible for overseeing public relations activities for her clients including Pearson, Britannia, BYJU’S, Mastercard, PepsiCo India etc. and offer creative counsel. Before joining Genesis, Niharika worked with clients such as Airtel, NIIT, NIIT University, Sukam etc. at Perfect Relations and Candour Communications respectively.

Her notable work has been driving a #LearningUnlocked journey for Pearson India during COVID-19 crisis. The campaign was recognized at ET Kaleido Awards (Gold) in the education category in 2021. Over the years Niharika’s role has helped her develop strategic communications plan, maintain a keen understanding of the industry trends and build relationships with media.
Seema Koyande
Seema Koyande, Manager- Accounts & Compliance, E-Gaming Federation
Seema is a Manager- Accounts & Compliance at the E-Gaming Federation and looks after accounts, compliance, and administration. A diligent administrative office professional with 7 years of experience in management, Seema excels at prioritizing, completing multiple tasks simultaneously, and following through to achieve assigned goals. She manages daily activities of office as well as company-wide projects and activities. Prior to this Seema worked with Epigeneres Biotech Pvt Ltd and her job role included Accounting and managing all other activities like admin, Sales & Marketing and ROC compliances of primary & secondary round of fund raising.

She completed Bachelor’s in Management Studies from D. G. Ruparel Collage of Arts, Science & Commerce, Mumbai University. Based out of Mumbai, Seema is a one-point contact for all admin related support for the Federation. In her leisure time, Seema likes reading books, riding bikes, and trekking.