New Delhi: Google on Friday reiterated that its Play Store will not allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting as the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to commence in Abu Dhabi tommorow.
"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 clear violation of its policies", said Google
"We have these policies to protect users from potential harm," during big gaming tournaments,said Suzanne Frey, Vice President, Product, Android Security and Privacy.
Google said that when an app violates these policies, it will notify the developer of the violation and remove the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance.
"In the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts," the tech giant said.
After months of uncertainty, IPL 13 is set to get underway on Saturday, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It is only the second time that a full IPL tournament is being organised outside India, after the 2009 edition was held in South Africa due to general elections in India.
In 2014, while the first half of the IPL was held in the UAE, again due to the general elections.
( With inputs from IANS )