Google to allow gambling apps on Play Store

Google will allow gambling apps on its Play Store in a pivotal move for the company, which comes as rival Apple is facing a lawsuit over allegedly facilitating gambling through social casino apps.

Despite the controversy, starting in March, Google will allow real money gambling and betting apps will be lining the virtual shelves of the popular marketplace.

It will enable many licensed operators in the US and other jurisdictions to benefit from listing their proprietary tech directly on the store rather than asking consumers to download from their websites instead.

However, the company will set out strict requirements for the type of app that may be listed and under what circumstances. Google is also using geolocation to allow only the listing of gambling apps in specific pre-determined jurisdictions.

Developers will have to walk the extra mile in convincing the company that they meet all regulatory norms to be launching a product that entails real money gambling.

Google will use specific filters to make sure that the apps are limited to their intended audience only through the use of an “adult only” tag.

Through these requirements, Google is hoping to avoid a blanket ban on all apps while ensuring the safety of consumers who may not be of the legal age to access such products.

In the US, the presence of such apps in the Play Store will vary from one state to the next, depending on how advanced the gambling legislation in each place is.

Adding apps will certainly make it much simpler for consumers to benefit from native apps that were otherwise hard or confusing to procure.

The same applies to crypto gambling websites. As legislation towards gambling sites becomes laxer, so are websites such as Bitcasino, 1xBit and FortuneJack able to provide top-of-the-range gaming products to players.

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Written by Barney


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