Last day 18 September 2020 in a blog post, the company said it was found to be in violation of the Google Play Store’s policies on recently launched ‘Paytm Cricket League’ gambling.
“We have recently launched ‘Paytm Cricket League’ on our consumer app for users to lure in their passion for cricket and get cashback. Sports users receive player stickers after every transaction, collect them, And Paytm allows receiving cashback. Today afternoon, We received communication from Google that they are suspending our app because they believe it is a violation of their Play Store policies on gambling. Paytm Android App It has thus been removed from Google’s Play Store and is temporarily unavailable to users for new downloads or updates., “The company said earlier.
Paytm continued, “We continue to work with Google to reinstall the app. We assure all our users that their balance and linked accounts are 100 percent secure. Our services are fully functional in all existing apps. And you can enjoy Paytm as before. “. Paytm said it removed the cashback component to comply with Google policy. “While it is clear that all ventures on Paytm are fully legitimate, we have temporarily removed the cashback part in an effort to meet the requirements of the Play Store policy.”
Google said in its own blog post on Friday that it does not provide sports betting to those apps and will remove such apps from the Google Play store.
“We do not approve online casinos or bear any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes whether an app leads consumers to an external website that gives them real money or Allows them to join in tournaments and paid to win cash prizes, this is a violation. As per our policies, “the blog post stated. These policies are in place to protect users from potential harm. There is often a jump in launching such apps before major sports tournaments like IPL.
The latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to begin in the UAE from 19 September 2020. Google stated that when an app violates these policies, it notifies the developer of the infringer and removes the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. “And in the case where repeated policy violations occur, we may take more significant action which may include termination of Google Play Developer accounts.
“Our policies are consistently implemented and enforced on all developers,” said Suzanne Frey, vice president product for Android Security and Privacy.