Google halts pilot to support more real-money gaming apps


Google on Friday announced its decision to pause its experiment aimed at expanding the number of real-money gaming (RMG) apps on its Play Store in countries without a central licensing framework.

In January this year, Google said it would allow more RMG apps, including those not covered under a licensing framework, on its Play Store in India, Mexico, and Brazil. It said that it would also charge a service fee from these apps.

The “expanded RMG support” was to come into effect from July 1 for developers in the aforementioned countries, with plans to extend the service to more countries later.

“Expanding our support of real-money gaming apps in markets without a central licensing framework has proven more difficult than expected and we need additional time to get it right for our developer partners and the safety of our users,” said a Google spokesperson.