Google Opens Up to Gambling Apps – India Not Included

India Apps

15 more countries Included, Allowing real money Gambling

Android users in regions other than the UK, Ireland, France and Brazil will soon be able to find and download real-money gambling apps from the Play Store. Google has updated its program policy allowing apps that enable or facilitate online gambling.

This will now be available in 15 more countries that include the US, starting on 1st March. In addition to making gambling applications available on the Play Store, the change in policy will also allow promotional ads for real-money gambling to be served to users in those regions.

The new countries covered by the change are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United States. Unfortunately India is not one of the listed countries for now. Of course, Google has a strict set of requirements developers must meet to be able to publish gambling products. To start with, they must be an approved governmental operator and must have a valid operating license in the specified country for the type of online gambling product they want to offer.

Strict Policies In Place For Such Gambling Apps

Such applications must fall under specific categories. Such categories are, online casino games, lotteries, sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Developers must also implement safeguards to keep underage users out of the app. Additionally prevention from access from countries/regions not covered by their license have to also be implemented. In addition, the apps must be free to download and must not use the Google Play’s in-app billing system.


Policies and Procedures for Google App

The rules and the types of applications vary per region, due to differing laws for each country.

To the contrary in India, gambling games have received scrutiny. Multiple states have banned these apps. Recently, Paytm and Paytm First Games were temporarily blocked for allegedly allowing sports betting and daily fantasy sports.

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Do you believe such restrictions should be lifted in India, as long as there are the right policies in place? Do you believe such bans, stop persons from Gambling? Do such restrictions give an advantage to the operators approaching the Industry via the black market? Tell us what you think?