FanDuel Circumvents Google Play With Full Function App Release
Daily Fantasy sports fans that have android phones are still largely restricted from enjoying fully functional apps due to Google’s Developer Program Policy that do not allow “any content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.”
DFS powerhouse FanDuel have until now only had their FanDuel Live Scoring app available on the Google Play store which only enabled players to monitor their contests and did not offer the option of entry into new contests or banking options.
To overcome the restrictions of Google Play FanDuel have released their new app directly from their website and allows players to enter and edit their lineups, search contests, monitor live scoring and manage existing banking functions.
FanDuel is not the first real money gaming company to circumvent the Google Play restrictions on real money gambling. Other apps like WSOP/888 and Party/Borgata do so in the New Jersey online market.
While this circumvent is a clever solution to what seems like Google’s attempt to act as a tyrant (Daily fantasy sports betting is legal in most U.S. States) it could back fire on the DFS industry. Fantasy sports are legal in all but five U.S. states as they are based on skill and not luck in terms if the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. This loophole has come under fire from opponents to real money daily fantasy sports betting as they point out that it is no different from real money gambling. These sentiments were echoed by the bill’s original sponsor who has said that he had no intention of legalizing the DFS market.