Kochi: A fisherman who acted in the advertisement of an online rummy game revealed that his claim of winning Rs 25,000 by playing the game was a lie. In the advertisement, Chettikkad native Anthony Jackson had said that the amount got credited to his account immediately after winning the game. Anthony said that such advertisements about online games are nothing but traps and asserted that no one has become rich playing online games.
He had received only a meagre payment for acting in the advertisement. “I performed in the advertisement after being inspired by the film actors and now I regret about it,” said Anthony. He had realised the intensity of the trap behind online games within a few days after acting in the ad. Though he requested the company to withdraw the advertisement, the authorities did not pay heed, he said.
Anthony is still working at Munambam harbour and he requests the public not to play such online games.
Minister KN Balagopal had opined that the cases of people killing themselves after losing money through online games are surging in the state and such games have to be prohibited. Actions regarding this will be taken after considering the legal and technical possibilities, the minister said. He also noted that many of the gaming platforms that embezzle crores from players are operating illegally in their respective states or countries, evading tax.