IPL 2020: Sponsors PayTM in Trouble for Betting Activities Days After Signing Sachin Tendulkar as Ambassador

Earlier in the week ahead of IPL 2020, Paytm, one of the sponsors in the tournament, announced that their subsidiary Paytm First Games (PFG) signed the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador.

IPL 2020: Sponsors PayTM in Trouble for Betting Activities Days After Signing Sachin Tendulkar as Ambassador

Google on Friday said it has removed Paytm app from the Play Store for violation of its policy on sport betting activities. Paytm will not be available for download now but there will be no impact on existing users of the app.

Earlier in the week ahead of IPL 2020, Paytm, one of the sponsors in the tournament, announced that their subsidiary Paytm First Games (PFG) signed the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador. The IPL is scheduled to start from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Tendulkar had said, “Cricket is an engaging sport, and we all tend to have opinions about the game – right from player selection to playing strategies. Paytm First Games will give fans an opportunity to don their thinking hats and experience the thrill of making the correct choices and getting their teams to win. I am happy to partner with Paytm First Games to enable cricket fans to engage more with the ever-popular game of cricket.”

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In a blog on Friday, Google said it does not allow apps facilitating sports betting and will remove such apps from the Google Play Store.

“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,” the blog post said.

According to the blog post, these policies are in place to protect users from potential harm.

“The app was blocked for violation of Play policies — a clarification of our policy was released earlier today ahead of the IPL tournament,” Google said in an e-mailed response on Friday.

Google said when an app violates these policies, it notifies the developer of the violation and removes the app from Google Play until the developer brings the app into compliance.

“And in the case where there are repeated policy violations, we may take more serious action which may include terminating Google Play Developer accounts. Our policies are applied and enforced on all developers consistently,” the blog post by Android Security and Privacy Vice President Product Suzanne Frey said.

Google also said that only the app availability on Play Store is impacted and there is no impact on users.

Paytm is a popular app for digital transactions.

(With PTI Inputs)