India Bans 138 Chinese Betting Apps In Yet Another Digital Surgical Strike; Here’s The Full List

India Bans 138 Chinese Betting Apps In Yet Another Digital Surgical Strike; Here’s The Full List


The ban has come after MHA directed MeitY to block access to 232 betting and digital loan apps with links to China

The banned apps were reportedly found flouting Section 69 of the IT Act

Among the apps that have been banned include Betway, 1xBet, and Lotus 365, among others

Escalating its digital surgical strike on China, India has now undertaken a fresh round of app bans in the country, targeting as many as 138 offshore betting platforms.

In an order issued on February 5, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to ban and block as many as 232 apps that either originate or have links to China. These included 138 betting apps and 94 online lending apps. 

Sources said that the apps in question were flouting Section 69 of the IT Act. Additionally, senior officials of the ministry are of the opinion that these apps contained material, which was purportedly a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

India’s Crackdown On China-Linked Apps

Another overarching theme that appears to have figured prominently in the government’s debate on the matter was that these lending apps were trapping Indians in debt and were charging exorbitant interest rates on Indian consumers. 

The ban comes amid growing clamour from citizens and consumers to tighten noose on digital loan apps, which have been accused of harassing borrowers. The situation has been complicated by the presence of Chinese entities and nationals that operate such platforms. 

In the ongoing crackdown on such apps over the course of last year, it has emerged that many of these Chinese lending apps take control of users’ phones and send sensitive information to digital lenders. In many cases, it has emerged that many such apps allegedly blackmail people with morphed pictures during debt collection. 

These platforms have pushed many into debt traps. As a result, many instances of young and adults dying by suicide have come to the fore in the past few years. While the government has directed Google to clamp down on such apps on its marketplace, efforts have so far yielded very few results.

Surprisingly, the websites of homegrown lendingtech players such as Prosus-backed PayU’s LazyPay and Kissht have been blocked in the country, although their apps can still be downloaded from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

On the other hand, betting apps have also hit the news for all the wrong reasons. Many such platforms lure users with high returns and then trap them into a cycle of heavy payments but no winnings.

Instances have also emerged where many Chinese nationals allegedly operated multiple entities, in connivance with Indians, to operate fraud online gaming platforms. Many such platforms have also used proceeds from these fake apps to launder money and send them across the border. 

These betting websites operate without any oversight and are based outside India, making it difficult to prosecute these companies in the event of a legal case.

Many of these betting platforms have also been operating under the garb of sports blogs and employ surrogate methods to woo users. 

This comes close on the heels of the Indian government directing search giant Google to stop displaying all kinds of ads from overseas online betting companies. Earlier, the union government had also urged the broadcasters and video streaming services to not air ads related to online betting.

The move comes nearly a year after the Union government banned 54 apps over apprehensions of either having originated in China or having some Chinese connection. 

The app ban saga began in 2020 after the centre imposed the very first ban of 59 apps in June that year. Big names, including short video platform TikTok, file sharing app ShareIt, and UC Browser, among other popular apps were affected in the melee. 

In between, multiple bans were imposed, which impacted as many as 320 Chinese apps. Counting the current 232 apps, the total number now stands at 552.

Here’s The Full List Of China-Linked Betting Apps That Have Been Banned By The Government:

  1. Sports Betting Game – BETUP 
  2. 3patti Guide 
  3. Lagai Khai Pro – Betting Game 
  4. Sports Betting™ the Sportsbook 
  5. WagerLab Bet on Sports & Props 
  6. Live Bet Zlive 
  7. BetNetix: Football Betting 
  8. Bet On Sports 
  9. SuperDraft Sportsbook – Prizes 
  10. Lucky slots -casino VIP 
  11. Betway – Live Sports Betting 
  12. 1xBet: sports betting 
  13. Parimatch: Live Sports Betting 
  14. 22Bet: Live Sports Betting 
  15. Cricket: Sports Betting 
  16. BetWiser – Best Betting Odd 
  17. Bet On Sports 
  18. 20Bet 
  19. Lagai Khai Pro 
  20. BETUP – Sports Betting Game 
  21. BetQL – Sports Betting Data 
  22. Scores And Odds Sports Betting 
  23. VegasInsider Sports Betting 
  24. BettingPros: Sports Betting 
  25. Best Bet Casino™ Slot Games 
  26. Win2Win 
  27. TipsterMan – Betting Tips 
  28. Papel Betting Tips 
  29. Betting United: Betting Tips 
  30. Football Betting Tips & Odds 
  31. Sports Betting Picks & Tip App 
  32. Onside Sports: Scores, Live Od 
  33. London Betting Tips 
  34. Bet Analytix 
  35. betM – Sports Betting Tool 
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  37. SI – Betting tips 
  38. Betting Tips 
  39. BetMines Betting Predictions 
  40. Betstamp – Sports Betting Hub 
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  42. SattaMatka Fix Game 
  43. Play To Win: Win Real Money 
  44. Sports Betting for Real 
  45. Pikkit: Sports Bet Tracker 
  46. myVEGAS Bingo – Bingo Games 
  47. Bingo Crown – Fun Bingo Games 
  48. Bingo Crown – Fun Bingo Games 
  49. Spin for Cash!-Real Money Slot 
  50. Crash Rocket Gambling 
  51. Casino Real Money: Win Cash 
  52. Super Slot – Win Cash 
  53. Golden Slots 
  54. Enchanted Island 
  55. Big Winner – Lucky Wheel 
  56. Silver Luck 
  57. Anubis Treasure 
  58. 3 Lucky Casino 
  59. Divine Fortune 2 
  60. Happy 3Patti 
  61. DoubleU Casino™ – Vegas Slots 
  62. Block Online Gambling – Gamban 
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  64. PokerStars: Texas Holdem Games 
  65. Teen Patti Dhamal 
  66. Lotus 365 
  67. Satta King: Satta Matka Result 
  68. Games 
  69. CRICKET ΒΕΤЅ | All Cricket Βеt 
  70. Roulette Online 
  71. Bet Winner-Popular online game 
  72. Teen Patti Lucky Gold 
  73. Avia Pilot 
  74. Record Trade 
  75. Teen Patti Romio 
  76. Rich Club 
  77. Ludo Vungo 
  78. Teen Patti Kash 
  79. Lucky Star Slots-Vegas Casino 
  80. Teen Patti Bhoomi: Patti Poker 
  81. Teen Patti Guide 
  82. DAFABET – 2022 
  83. Bet O Bet-Live Sports Betting 
  84. Megapari 
  85. Spin casino: Slot machines 
  86. Live Baccarat 
  87. Betfair Live Line 
  88. BetVictor Bet 
  89. Blackjack Live 
  90. ladbrokes odds&tips 
  91. Rummy 
  92. Zodiac Casino 
  93. Grand Mondial Casino 
  94. Videoslots Fun 
  95. RABONA 
  96. Royal Panda 
  97. Casumo Casino 
  98. Casumo Online Games: Extended 
  99. Casumo Slots 
  100. Vegas Royal 
  101. betM – Sports Betting Tool 
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  103. Pure Win 
  104. Zet Casino 
  105. INDIBET 
  106. Lottabet 
  107. Wheel of Fortune 
  108. MELBET 
  109. Slots Machines – Vegas Casino 
  110. Betvisa 
  111. AndarBahar Poker 
  112. Babu88 
  113. 888STRAZ 
  114. Trueflip 
  115. Betindi 
  116. Betobet 
  117. Betkwiff 
  118. Bambet 
  119. Shangrila 
  120. Come On 
  121. Bons 
  122. william Hill App 
  123. NEO.Bet App 
  124. PariPesa App 
  125. Match Book App 
  126. 4rabet App 
  127. Tivit Bet App 
  128. Fun88 
  129. Royal Vegas 
  130. Europa Casino 
  131. Spin Casino 
  132. Genesis Casino 
  133. Jackpot City Casino 
  134. OPPA 888 
  135. Grand Mondial 
  136. Zodiac Casino 
  137. Rummy 
  138. Live Blackjack (Blackjack 21: Live Casino game)
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