Tech giant Google has removed Paytm and Paytm First Games from the play store, allegedly due to violation of gambling policies.
Paytm is reportedly India’s most popular digital payments platform with more than 50 million active monthly users.
“We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an app leads consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies,” reads a statement issued by Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy.
“When an app violates these policies, we notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance. And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts,” said Google’s official statement.
Redirecting users to opt for another application is not allowed on the Google Playstore. Reportedly, ‘Remove China Apps’ was permanently brought down from the store due to this reason only.