An upcoming change to Google’s Play Store policies will allow gambling and betting, which uses real money in 15 more countries, according to the US. 9to5Google. Currently, gambling apps are allowed in only four countries: Brazil, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The new rules will be implemented from March 1, and will allow Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden and gambling apps. United States of america. Of course, each country will have its own limits on what type of online gambling is legal, online casinos, sports betting, lotteries, and daily fantasy games are allowed in some countries, and some are more restrictive.
Restrictions are also complex. Most countries only allow lotteries if they are run by the government, but some, such as in the UK, do not have this restriction. And as is often the case, what is allowed in the US varies from state to state. Any person who wants to release a gambling app must first do their legal homework, given the patchwork of laws and regulations allowing specific types of online gambling in the US.
This change is not just opening Fluggate to release slot machine apps to anyone. Currently, developers have to go through an application process in order for Google to get their gambling apps on the Play Store, and the new policies will not remove that requirement. The application ensures that the developer uploading the app is licensed to run a gambling operation in the country where the app will be sold.
Prior to this change, users who wanted to use gambling apps on their Android phones would have to overcome them, a practice that Google continues to discourage from time to time. On the other hand, iPhone users are allowed to download them directly from the App Store.
Of course, it could be argued that many games and apps that are on the Play Store today already have gambling mechanics (any game that includes loot boxes, for example, or apps that allow people to wager on Wall Street Allow) include. The apps that will be allowed under this policy will differ in the sense that they will allow apps that are purely meant for gambling, using real money. If I could make a request to Google, it would be that they let people hide gambling apps like they allow gambling ads to hide.
Google was not immediately available to comment on the policy change.