WinZO sues Google over Play Store policy only allowing fantasy sports and rummy games

Local vernacular social gaming platform WinZO Tuesday’s games said they challenged GoogleDelhi High Court’s recent policy for the selective inclusion of only Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and rummy games on its play store this leaves out several skill game platforms and local developers.



WinZO asked the court to stop Google from implementing the “arbitrary classification that will impact its business reputation.”

WinZO is among industry players, such as Mobile Premier League (MPL) and Zupee, who have called the policy arbitrary, unfair and restrictive.

Saumya Singh Rathore, co-founder of WinZO Games, told IANS that there is no assessment of the impact likely to result from such a clearly discriminatory and arbitrary classification by google play.

“We don’t understand how Google is allowed to select this from a set of legal/legitimate companies, only DFS and Rummy will be integrated and other Skill Games excluded,” he pointed out.

Google had not yet reached the WinZO lawsuit.

Google is about to launch a pilot test for local developers to distribute their daily fantasy sports (DFS) and rummy games apps on Play Store in India as esports becomes big in the country.

Starting September 28, Play Store will launch a limited-time pilot allowing DFS and Rummy apps to be distributed to users in India by India-incorporated developers.

The pilot program will run from September 28, 2022 to September 28, 2023.

According to WinZO’s lawsuit, Google’s policy will not only reduce the marketing cost for monopoly gamers to a quarter of their cost, but also create a false perception of the legitimization of DFS and Rummy over all other games such as Carrom, Chess, Quiz, etc.

“Google’s policy may lead to distortions in India’s competitive gaming ecosystem by resulting in unparalleled access to the 2.5 billion monthly active users in 190 countries where the Google Play Store is available,” the lawsuit said. .

Google Play Store is the largest application distribution platform with 97% market share in India.

Sameer Barde, CEO of the E-Gaming Federation, said Google’s move “helps legitimate skill game operators grow while weeding out unscrupulous night operators,” almost implying that companies being excluded of the pilot project are not legitimized.

Fantasy Sports Federation of India (FIFS) Managing Director, Joy Bhattacharya, had said that Google Play Store allows games “recognized by the Supreme Court of India as regular business activities”.

In the KR Lakshmanan against the State of Tamil Nadu (which most rummy societies cite for legality), the Supreme Court inferred rummy to be a game of skill and explicitly drew an analogy to other games of skill, such as chess and golf.

“The one-year pilot is damaging thousands of businesses and may lead to an irreversible market distortion of a rapidly changing gaming technology industry, resulting in the death of many gamers as the fittest get fitter” , Rathore told IANS.

WinZO is seeking an injunction preventing Google from implementing its revised Playstore policy, as well as a ruling that Google must change its policy to allow all apps that offer skill games on its Play Store and not just a few.

WinZO is available in 12 languages, with over 85 million registered users.

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