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Jan 14, 2008
SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
california-daily-fantasy-sports-android-fanduel-draftkings Google has reversed its policy
toward allowing real-money daily fantasy sports (DFS) apps in its Google Play store.

Google quietly approved Android apps by DFS market leaders DraftKings
and FanDuel in its Google Play store over the weekend. DraftKings’ app appeared first, with FanDuel following suit the next day.

In August 2013, Google Play restricted all gambling apps, including ‘games of skill,’ if they offered “prizes of cash or other value.” Both DraftKings and FanDuel had Android apps in Google Play,
but their functionality was limited to checking scores and stats. In May, FanDuel released a new Android app promising the “full Fanduel experience” for players, but the app was available only via FanDuel’s website.

Google Play’s developer program policies have not been altered, and a source
told Fortune.com that the app approvals were part of a “closed, limited pilot” program in the US Google Play store. Google doesn’t intend to take a transaction fee from the two apps.

Regardless of intent, the move will be viewed by many as an endorsement of the app creators’ view that DFS isn’t gambling – a view that isn’t shared by many in the regulated gambling industry,
the folks at Gamblers Anonymous and an increasing number of regulators in some US states.

Speaking of, California Assemblyman Adam Gray used the closing hours of the state’s legislative session to amend legislation to regulate the DFS industry.
On Thursday, Gray filed an amended version of AB 1437, which used to deal with gaming addiction but is now titled the Internet Fantasy Sports Game Protection Act.

AB 1437 would require DFS operators doing business with California residents to obtain a license from the state.
Operators would be required to pay an unspecified license fee that would be credited against quarterly payments based on an unspecified percentage of an operator’s gross revenue.

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