The upcoming policy change concerns online casino games, sports betting, lotteries, and daily fantasy sports apps and will apply from 1 March with Google warning that “attempts to bypass the certification process” and “repeated or serious violations” will result in the full removal of the apps.
“We allow real-money gambling apps, ads related to real-money gambling, and daily fantasy sports apps that meet certain requirements,” the new rule says on Google’s support page.
Multiple apps and games from the Play Store already include gambling mechanics, however, makers of real-money gambling and betting apps must have a valid gambling license, rate their applications “Adult Exclusive” and display responsible gambling warnings and information.
Other significant differences of the apps falling under this policy involve focusing solely on gambling using real money while also ensuring that minors will not be able to use the apps.
The Android gambling apps will soon be permitted – with each country deciding the legal online gambling limitations – in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.