• About TORF
  • Strategic Partners
  • Our Services
  • The Advisory Panel
  • TORF Team
TORF - The Online Rummy Federation is a not-for-profit society established under the Societies Registration Act, to guide and support the online rummy industry in providing sustainable and healthy entertainment to players across India.

TORF aims to encourage, develop, facilitate and support the online rummy operators to adopt a common set of standards and practices with the goal of building a self-regulatory framework that will lead to a responsible industry and protect player interests. TORF also acts as the unified voice of the online rummy industry that works with all its stakeholders for creating the right environment for the growth of the online rummy business.

The key stakeholders of TORF are online rummy operators, online skill games operators, policy analysts, industry experts, economists, law firms, consulting firms, technology providers, service providers, payment gateway, tax consultants and game enthusiasts among others.

Our objectives:

  • Develop and promote the game of online rummy
  • To promote adoption of standards and operating guidelines by online rummy operators and provide accreditation for such standards
  • To represent rummy operators in various industry forums and with policy makers for policy advocacy
Meet Our Memebers
Strategic Partners
Service Providers to Online Rummy Industry
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“The Federation is dedicated to extending its services to develop and promote the online rummy industry, to promote adoption of TORF standards and guidelines for improving business processes, and initiating policy recommendations and representing rummy operators in various forums.”
TORF has developed guidelines and operational standards to strengthen all online rummy operators. Focused market research, events and other industry initiatives are implemented through various committees of TORF 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 rummy 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 (TORFS) for online rummy business
  • Setting up and running accreditation process based on TORFS
  • Enroll and encourage online rummy operators to adopt TORFS 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 rummy industry, & raise current industry challenges and possible solutions at such forums            
  • Create awareness about the skill and knowledge required to master the game of rummy
  • 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 rummy 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 TORF 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 TORF Team
TORF 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.
Tanuja Adhikari, Associate Vice President
Tanuja is a management professional with 10+ years of experience in Business Strategy, Business Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Government Advisory and Business Development. She has rich experience working with cross-functional teams to help clients transform their business through a combination of broad business acumen and sectoral knowledge.

She has handled major domestic and international clients in the private and public sector, and helped them to make strategic decisions involving regulated industries and complicated commercial arrangements. She has worked on policy matters and advocacy at both Central and state Government.

Tanuja has managed several industry events and knowledge partnerships. She has worked closely with various industry chambers and associations such as FICCI, CII, PHDCCI and Assocham among others. She has authored various industry research/ knowledge publications.
She is an MBA (Marketing and Finance) and previously worked with organizations such as Yes Bank, Axis and Technopak Advisors.