WinZO moves court against Google over Daily Fantasy Sports, Rummy in Play Store

Social gaming platform WinZO has challenged the Google Play Store policy for the selective inclusion of only Daily Fantasy Sports and Rummy, reportedly leaving skill gaming platforms.

Social gaming platform WinZO has moved the Delhi High Court to challenge Google’s recent Playstore policy (Play Store – Pilot for DFS & Rummy) for the selective inclusion of only Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and Rummy in the Google Play Store, reportedly omitting a large segment from skill gaming platforms and indie developers.

WinZO strives to exercise restraint against Google in implementing the classification that affects the reputation of WinZo’s company.

The petitioner WinZO called the policy arbitrary, unfair and restrictive, arguing that Google’s policies could disrupt the competitive Indian gaming ecosystem by resulting in unparalleled access to the 2.5 billion monthly active users in 190 countries where Google Play Store is available.

“As a result, only a handful of players who have been in the monopoly for more than a decade will benefit. The update is not only seen as anticompetitive, but also as a death knell for innovation,” says WinZO.

Every other app store in the country including Apple Store, Vivo, Oppo and MI Store allows all skill gaming products which are uniformly protected under the Constitution of India. However, to date, Google has not allowed any games with a pay-to-play format on the Google Play Store, the plea said.

WinZO states through a press statement that Google Play Store is the largest app distribution platform with a market share of 97 percent in India, an Android-focused market.

On September 7, 2022, Google announced an update to its long-standing policy and decided to allow Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and Rummy products on the Playstore in a one-year pilot starting September 28, 2022.

Saumya Singh Rathore, co-founder of WinZO Games, commented on Google’s updated policy, challenging the same: “Google Play as an industry leader has an obligation to act in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner. to select only DFS and Rummy. There is no engagement with the industry to find out the dynamics. There is no evaluation of the impact likely to result from such a clearly discriminatory and arbitrary classification”.

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