DFS apps finally live on Google Play

DFS apps finally live on Google Play

Monday, September 14, 2015
The fantasy operators were previously barred from Google's app store

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators have been boosted by Google Play’s decision to offer the mobile applications of market leaders FanDuel and DraftKings.

Google Play previously did not allow either FanDuel or DraftKings onto its app store, with Android users having to ‘sideload’ the apps by turning off security settings and installing a separate file.

However, over the same weekend that the NFL American football season started, fully-functioning versions of both apps were made available to download directly from the Google Play store.

Both companies previously had basic apps on Google Play that allowed users to check statistics, but not create accounts or deposit money.

Google Play does not allow real-money gambling services to be offered on its store – even in jurisdictions in which gambling is legal - but fantasy sports are ruled to be games of skill in the US by the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

Google Play developer programme policies states: “We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.”

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