Paytm Has Been Removed From Google Play
The Paytm digital payments app and its games division’s Paytm First Games app have been removed from the Google Play Store. The Noida-based company’s other apps, including Paytm Mall, Paytm Money, and Paytm for Business, are still available on the Android store.
All five apps are available to download for iOS customers on the App Store.
The Paytm app for iOS is still available to download through the Apple App Store. In addition to the Paytm app, Google Play has retired the Paytm First Games app which also included the same fantasy cricket features with real money gambling.
The Google Play listing for the Paytm app shows an error saying, “Sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server. Android device users also cannot download the app from preloaded Google Play.
However, existing users who already have the application installed on their devices can continue to use the mobile wallet and other services provided by the company.
Paytm posted a tweet to confirm that the app will be restored very soon and reassured users that their money is safe.
Along with the Paytm app, Paytm First Games is also not available for download via Google Play.
Earlier on Friday, Google published a blog post highlighting its gambling policy that does not allow app developers to facilitate sports betting. This was a feature that was provided by Paytm through the recently announced fantasy cricket tournament.
“We do not allow online casinos or support unregulated gambling applications that facilitate sports betting. This includes if an application takes consumers to an external website that allows them to participate in paid tournaments to win real money or cash prizes, it is a violation of our policies, ”Google said in its blog post. He confirmed that this was the reason for removing the Paytm app.
This is a story in development and will be updated as additional information becomes available.