Google Play Allows Online Daily Sports Betting Apps

Published Saturday, September 12, 2015 -
Google Play Allows Online Daily Sports Betting Apps

The massive interest in daily fantasy sports betting has sparked a few organizations to be outspoken about whether the activity is gambling or not. Members of the regulated gambling industry, Gamblers Anonymous and an increasing number of regulators in certain jurisdictions in the USA are all saying there is some concern that daily fantasy sports betting is indeed gambling and therefore has the risks associated with problem wagering.

A recent turnaround by the search engine giant Google to allow real-money daily fantasy sports apps in its Google Play store has also garnered controversy from critical sources. The two Android apps approved by Google, market leaders DraftKing  and FanDuel came online in the past few days. Two years ago in August Google Play restricted all gambling apps, including ‘games of skill,’ if they offered “prizes of cash or other value.”

FanDuel and DraftKings apps have been available through the Google Play store but those Android apps were limited to finding information and making available recent information for players. The approvals were part of a “closed, limited pilot” program in the US Google Play store and Google has said it will not  take a transaction fee from the apps.

Meanwhile there has been a move in California to regulate the industry with Assemblyman Adam Gray filing an amended version of AB 1437, which was created to deal with gaming addiction but is now called the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act.

The act would have operators of daily fantasy sports to obtain a license to offer the activity in California and the players would be taxed on their winnings if they qualify as old enough to gamble. California’s Department of Justice would control the process and fine those operators not compliant.

It is uncertain how firms would qualify for the licence to operate a daily fantasy sports betting company. Amaya Gaming has had issues with the alleged ‘bad actor’ position in California and has just entered the daily fantasy sports market.









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