Google permits gambling apps in 15 nations; India not included

0
56

Earlier, the gambling games were restricted only to four countries namely, Brazil, Ireland, France and the UK.

(Subscribe to our Today’s Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories. Click here to subscribe for free.)

Google Play has updated its policies to allow real-money gambling and betting apps, ads related to them, and daily fantasy sports apps in 15 new countries – – India is not part of that list.

Earlier, the gambling games were restricted only to four countries namely, Brazil, Ireland, France and the UK.

The new policies that will come into effect from March 1 include the US, Australia, Japan, Germany and 11 others, making a total of 19 countries.

“We’re updating our Real-Money Gambling Games and Contests policy so more developers around the world can build sustainable businesses, and in a way that helps keep consumers safe,” Google said in a blog post.

After developers complete the application process, and meet rules, regulations and policies in their countries, they can issue Online casino games, Lotteries, Sports betting and Daily Fantasy Sports.

Also Read: Should online gambling in India be regulated?

Google will not allow any developer to issue these games. Other than filling the application form, developer must have a valid gambling license for each country or state/territory in which the app is distributed.

Besides, it should prevent under-age users from using the app, it must be free to download and install and it should clearly display information about responsible gambling.

However, in India, gambling games have received scrutiny due to which multiple states have banned these apps. Recently, Paytm and Paytm First Games were temporarily blocked for allegedly allowing sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

You have reached your limit for free articles this month.

Subscription Benefits Include

Today’s Paper

Find mobile-friendly version of articles from the day’s newspaper in one easy-to-read list.

Unlimited Access

Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations.

Personalised recommendations

A select list of articles that match your interests and tastes.

Faster pages

Move smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly.

Dashboard

A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences.

Briefing

We brief you on the latest and most important developments, three times a day.

Support Quality Journalism.

*Our Digital Subscription plans do not currently include the e-paper, crossword and print.