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Google bans Paytm, Paytm First Games from Play Store: All your questions answered

Google has not provided an official reason as to why it removed Paytm app, but a recent blog post suggests gambling and/or betting as the reason behind its removal.

September 21, 2020 / 09:12 PM IST

Payments app Paytm was recently removed from the Google Play Store along with Paytm First Games, the gaming arm of Paytm. The company shared a post on Twitter saying that the app was temporarily unavailable on the Play Store and will be returning shortly.

Why was Paytm removed from the Google Play Store?

Google has not provided an official reason as to why the app was removed, but a recent blog post suggests gambling and/or betting as the reason behind its removal. The post stated, “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting. This includes 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 violation of our policies.”

Is Paytm’s Play Store ban permanent?