Google has announced a one-year “limited time” pilot programme for daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps and online rummy games in India. Google said the pilot will be for one year starting September 28, and DFS and rummy apps from developers incorporated in the country will have to apply to get onboarded to the Play Store.
“From September 28, 2022 through September 28, 2023, Google Play will run a limited-time application-only pilot to allow DFS and Rummy apps by developers incorporated in India to be distributed to users on Google Play in India,” the company announced on its Support page. DFS games are those where contestants use their knowledge of athletic events and athletes to select or manage rosters of simulated athletes whose performance directly corresponds with the actual performance of human athletes on sports teams or in sports events. This is a significant move by Google which had so far not allowed such apps on its app store.
The Indian developers will have to complete and submit an application form if they want to participate in this program. But, there is no guarantee that you will be eligible for this program even after submmiting application. Google has asserted that it will first review applications forms and then notify eligible applicants of the result within seven business days of form submission. In India, the legal status of gambling games is a little confusing as not all are considered illegal. The legality is based on whether a gambling game falls under “games of skill” or “games of chance” category. The Supreme court considers rummy as a game of skill, so it is not illegal in India. But, those who are classified as “games of chance” are considered illegal in India.
Google is planning to run a pilot program for real-money games apps. Users might soon get to see these apps on Play Store if they comply with Android app distribution platform’s terms and conditions. Interested developers can click here to access the application form.