There’s a rage going on between Paytm and tech giant Google, On Friday when Paytm app got removed from Play Store. Vijay Shekhar Sharma the CEO and Founder of Paytm had gone on record to say that Google was acting like the “ judge, jury and executioner”.
On September 20th i.e. on Sunday, Paytm released a blog stating that “suddenly UPI cashback is called an “online casino” by Google”.
On this Google wrote back today saying that “offering cashbacks and vouchers alone do not constitute a violation of our Google Play gambling policies”.
Google says it is the violation regarding fantasy gaming promotions.
Google said in a statement which was released today, “Last week we reiterated our Play Store gambling policies. Our policies don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting, including daily fantasy sports in India.
We enforce our policies very thoughtfully to provide a safe and secure experience for consumers, while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. In the case of repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently,”
On which Paytm replied,
“The Google Play Support team had written to us on 3 occasions (on August 20th, August 28th and September 1st) with some concerns on a separate matter of Paytm First Games’ promotion through the Paytm app. While we strenuously disagreed with the allegation that we are breaching the policy (and we disagree with the policy itself too), we immediately complied with the diktat that barred us from promoting our gaming subsidiary,”
Paytm said they launched new feature that whenever you do a transaction you get a scratch card with a cricket sticker (a player’s image and name), was the reason for the ban.
“Presumably, such cashback campaigns of Google Pay are not in breach of Play Store policies, or maybe they are, but a different set of rules apply to Google’s own apps,” Paytm further said.