Quote from Mr. Abhishek Malhotra, Managing Partner TMT Law Practice on the recent development – Google Announces Big Change To Playstore Policy For Online Gaming In India

Abhishek Malhotra Managing Partner TMT Law Practice said : 


While a change of stand by Google to open Google play to very selective Real Money Gaming products is welcome, however, the selective exclusion of all Real Money Games except Rummy and Fantasy is clearly discriminatory. There needs to be a rethink on this decision failing which Google may invite litigation. This certainly creates an unnecessary distinction between the different kinds of games offers under the RMG category in the fast-emerging gaming industry. Interestingly, no reasons seem to have been provided for why this limited category has been preferred by someone like Google, which has an overwhelming reach and consequently impact on businesses that appear to get its “approval” versus those that don’t. The impact, from a commercial standpoint, could be to give a boost to apps that are permitted vs those that aren’t, to the extent of 70-75%.”



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