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Google Play: Paytm First Games relisted on Google Play Store after weeks

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MUMBAI: Paytm First Games has been relisted on Google Play Store, the gaming app of fintech firm Paytm mentioned in a weblog publish on Wednesday, practically three weeks after it was taken down from the dominant app retailer.

Paytm First Games mentioned it had realigned its promotion methods, which Google had termed as “policy violations” earlier.

Google’s Play Store doesn’t enable any actual money-based fantasy gaming software or the promotion of such apps by way of verified retailer apps. Even main cash-based fantasy gaming platforms resembling Dream 11 will not be on Play Store.

The US know-how big had clarified its place on anti-gambling insurance policies in a weblog publish final month, forward of the Indian Premier League season, saying it might tighten the screws on such apps and campaigns on Play Store apps. Google had argued that this was achieved to supply clients a “safe and secure” setting.

Paytm First Games, nevertheless, accused Google of exhibiting “dangerous” and “extra-judicial monopolistic powers” in decoding insurance policies for industrial profit and disbarring apps “arbitrarily”. Google didn’t reply to ET’s emailed queries until press time on Wednesday.

“While Google does not allow us to promote our ‘pro’ app on our own free app or Paytm app, we can promote it on Google and YouTube by paying hefty fees to Google,” Paytm First Games mentioned within the weblog publish, referring to the observe of paid adverts on Google search and its video sharing platform.

“If the Paytm app promoted Paytm First Games, then Paytm app would also be violating their “policies”. But when YouTube promotes the identical Paytm First professional app (for a hefty promoting payment), then it isn’t a violation of such “policies” and all of the sudden doesn’t create a danger to the purchasers,” it mentioned, stating that fantasy gaming was authorized in most Indian states.

Fantasy sports activities are a state topic and are allowed in most states, besides Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Paytm First Game app accessible on Play Store is a non-cash fantasy gaming platform, and its “pro” model is just accessible on its web site, not on the app retailer.

The fracas started on September 18 when Google took down each Paytm and Paytm First Games from its Play Store for violating its playing coverage, which prevents any registered retailer app from selling actual money-based fantasy video games or skill-based cashback schemes.

Paytm’s funds app was restored the identical day after it tweaked some necessities to suit Play Store’s coverage, however Paytm First Games has solely now been listed again. The delisting of Paytm apps have prompted an uproar within the startup ecosystem and prompted Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma to accuse Google of being “biased” and “monopolistic”.

The improvement additionally comes at a time when India’s app ecosystem is protesting Google’s plans to implement a 30% fee on apps promoting digital items, with impact from April 2022.


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