Google to Allow Gambling Apps in 15 More Countries

Search and mobile giant Google will be allowing gambling apps to be available on its Google Play store beginning March 1st, 2021.

Google has been notoriously tough on gambling, but they're opening things up a bit, as the apps will be available in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The company seems to be wanting to play it safe as to not allow for offshore groups to offer products in locations where they do not hold licenses.

Groups like Degree 53 are aware of the changes and are working to develop products for sites in the affected countries, and will now be able to add access to more customers, who can play on smartphones and tablets.

Commenting on the change Degree 53's Richard Wagstaff said, "Online sports betting and gaming is experiencing rapid growth in the United States, and operators will benefit from distributing their Android apps with Google. No doubt, this is excellent news for them."

"We're yet to see if Google will also bring any rules regarding app design and UX, similar to Apple's Design Guidelines regarding container apps. However, we advise all app owners to create their apps with the latest design trends and as much native functionality as possible to futureproof their products and create an enjoyable experience for their customers."

No official announcement from Google was available as of press time, but the products should be ready to go on or about March 1st.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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3 February 2021 - 8:47am

I think that it's only fair that the countries where they allow to gamble can use apps. I think it might make it more convenient for players but nothing much more than that since everyone can gamble using a regular browser.

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3 February 2021 - 3:20pm

Yeah, but using the app is so much easier in a lot of ways. My browser play on my phone sucks compared to the same apps. I find it baffling that apps are available on iOS but Android is still waiting. My how the times have changed!

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