Haryana court imposes damages on fantasy sports website Dream11

The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum of Kaithal city, Haryana, imposed damages of 200,000 rupees (US$2,800) on online fantasy sports website Dream11 for failing to make proper payment to a contest winner.

Balinder Rapria, a resident of Balu village in Kaithal city, won a fantasy league contest and was supposed to receive an all-expense-paid trip to watch the ICC Women’s World T20 final in Antigua and Barbuda in November 2018 for himself and a companion of his choice.

Dream11 representatives attempted to defend itself with the claim that the problem related to problems of gaining a visa for the winner, but this argument was rejected by the court.

The ruling was that the failure to provide the trip offered amounted to malpractice under Section 2 of the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, and that the plaintiff was awarded 200,000 rupees plus interest and legal fees.

Dream11 is the largest fantasy sports company in India.