Paytm First Games is back on the Google Play Store, which has been removed by Google for its “policy violations”. Paytm on Wednesday announced its return via a blog post.
Paytm in a blog post said: “We are thrilled to announce that your favorite gaming app is again available on the Play Store for download and to immerse you in the best gaming experience. We have restored the app with free fantasy sports with all upcoming Indian T20 League cricket matches along with upcoming soccer tournaments. Users can play for free and win up to Rs. 1 Lakh every day. “
On September 18, Google removed the Paytm First Games and Paytm app from the Play Store. Google said its policies do not allow “casinos or support unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting, including daily fantasy sports.”
Paytm in its return announcement also commented on the same saying: “We want to clarify that according to Indian laws, fantasy sports are completely legal and allowed throughout India, except in a few states such as Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “
The blog post continued to read: “Google’s arbitrary (and selfish) policies and their arbitrary interpretation of these policies is a dangerous and extrajudicial application of monopoly powers, against the interests of developers and users.”
Paytm, owned by One97 Communications based in Noida, together with other tech startups conducted a meeting to discuss a citizen alternative to Google Play which dominates the app store market in India. The discussion was then moved to the government where it was also highlighted that Google takes a 30% commission on apps that sell digital goods.
Threats posed by Indian entrepreneurs prompted Google to withdraw its 30% commission cut application until March 31, 2022.
Paytm in the same blog post said: “We appreciate all the support we have received in recent weeks from other startups, founders and especially from our users.”
On September 18, Google removed the Paytm First Games and Paytm apps from the Play Store, which can now be installed.
- Paytm First Games is back on the Play Store, which was removed from Google last month.
- Google removed Paytm First Games saying its policies do not allow “gambling apps”.
- Paytm says: “… according to Indian laws, fantasy sports are completely legal”.