Google Play Is Now Allowing Gambling Games and Apps in Fifteen More Countries

Google, is now allowing real money gambling games on its app, as first spotted by 9to5Google. For the longest time the gambling games were only restricted to four countries that are Brazil, France, Ireland and United Kingdom.

According to a recent report, Google announced its new policy of Real-Money Gambling, Games, and Contests policy and said that it has added fifteen more countries to the list making it a total of nineteen now. The countries include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

The policy is expected to go live on March 1st, 2021 and since that day developers will be able to issue online casino games, lotteries, sports betting, and daily fantasy sports games in the above-mentioned nineteen countries. Each country will have its own set of rules, limitations and policies on which type of gambling will be legal in their countries. The restrictions vary from country to country and some countries will only allow gambling when it is directly under the government control while some countries like UK allow it, despite this. Countries like the United States having many States and the policies may differ from State to State. The developers who will be working towards issuing a game in the specific country will have to go through understanding the legal formalities and laws about online gambling in the specific country.

You must be thinking allowing gambling games can be dangerous, so how will the safety be ensured and what benefit would the users and the Tech Giant get from this?

Well, Google will not be allowing just any developer to come and upload their app game on the Play Store. The developers will have to go through the process of filling up an application form and ensuring that they are licensed to run a gambling game in the country where their app will be sold. Apart from this, Google will make sure that all gambling games are age specific so that it is not accessible to the underage category and no harm is done.

To answer why Google is allowing these games to come on the app and what benefit will the user and tech giant gain. Well, Google was never in favor in gaming apps like these on their store but since they were already accessible to Apple users through App Store and Google after seeing that people are downloading these games through unauthorized websites realized that it is extremely dangerous and hence allowed that they will permit these games under strict restrictions for its users.

So if you are a developer willing to develop a gambling app for these countries, look through the information and make sure to fill the application process.

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