Google Finally Allows Gambling Apps in US Play Store

Starting March 1st, 2021, Google will allow gambling apps in their Play Store.

Previously, such apps were limited to Ireland, France, UK, and Brasil. 

Starting March 1st, Google will allow gambling apps in their Play Store for people to download to their mobile devices. This new rule will directly impact 15 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the US. 

This is great news for US players

Players in the US have been switching over to their mobile devices for their online casino games in droves in recent years. However, they have been having to directly download apps through mobile casino sites or play directly on the sites to do so.

Sometimes downloading these apps can take multiple steps, which can serve as a deterrent to players. 

Google allowing these apps to be in their Play Store will make downloading much easier for players in states where online casinos are legal. 

These apps will come with restrictions

Gambling laws vary in the US state-by-state. As such, any gambling apps in the Play Store will come with limitations. 

Online casinos will only be permitted in states where they are legal: 

  • Delaware
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada (poker only)
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Likewise, other types of gambling apps will only be available in states where the gambling activity the app offers is legal. Players can expect to start seeing specific apps for: 

  • Sports betting
  • Lotteries
  • Daily Fantasy Sports

Google will also require any company releasing a gambling app to its Play Store to go through an application process to ensure that the developer uploading the app is licensed to run a gambling operation in the state where the app will be sold.

All gambling apps in Google’s Play Store will be rated AO (Adults Only) and will be required to display information regarding responsible gambling. 

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