Google Hints At Allowing Real-Money Games Once New Govt Rules Kick In: Report

Google is set to allow all types of real-money games on its Play Store, a move that could significantly benefit skill-based gaming companies once new gaming rules are implemented in India.

What Happened: Google is currently running a year-long pilot since September 2022 to offer daily fantasy sports and rummy apps to users in India, expected to conclude on September 28. However, after the pilot concludes, Google will not accept new apps into the program but will allow existing apps to remain on Google Play until January 15, 2024, Moneycontrol reported.

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in April had announced gaming-related amendments to the IT Act 2021. These amendments allow multiple self-regulatory organisations (SROs) to determine the legality of real-money games in India.

A Google spokesperson told the business news publication that it intends to “enable distribution on Google Play for all Self Regulatory Bodies (SRB) verified online real money games” if they comply with the firm’s policies. The spokesperson also said the Big Tech firm was closely tracking all developments to determine “next steps and timelines”.

This move is seen as a boost for gaming companies that have been affected by the government’s recently announced 28% goods and services tax regime on the real-money gaming segment. More details are expected to follow.

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