PMU fails to overturn Google Play ban

PMU fails to overturn Google Play ban

Monday, June 27, 2016 Totally Gaming
The French operator is barred from the app store

French operator PMU has failed in its legal bid to force Google to allow its app on the tech giant’s Play Store.

The Commercial Court of Paris dismissed PMU’s claim that Google had “abused its dominant position” in delisting PMU Sports Live, its Android app, and discriminated against the operator.

In its complaint, PMU questioned the fact that the rules set by Play Store did not apply to Google Adwords, The operator suggested there was discrimination as it was able to buy keywords, but not feature on the app store. PMU highlighted an investigation being conducted by the European Commission on a possible abuse of Google’s dominant position within mobile Android operating systems. PMU also complained that digital newspaper L'Equipeto was told towithdraw a mobile banner advertising PMU Sports.

The court found that discrimination was not an issue as FDJ was also barred from Play Store, with the operator’s adverts not allowed on L’Equipe. Google justified its notice by explaining that it did not allow any gambling apps or adverts through its store.

TotallyGaming.com says: “While Google may continue to ban gambling apps in France, the country’s online sports betting industry is continuing to thrive through Euro 2016.”  

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