AGENCIES, Mumbai: Hours after Paytm was removed from the Google Play Store, and the app was no longer available for download for Android users, it is again back. Yes, you read it right. Paytm is back on back on Google Play Store. Google’s move to pull the app from the Play Store is said to be linked with Paytm’s fantasy games offerings.
“Update: And we’re back!” tweeted Paytm.
Update: And we’re back! 🥳
— Paytm (@Paytm) September 18, 2020
Interestingly Google India published a blog post highlighting the Play Store’s policies on gambling. The blog post doesn’t mention Paytm but it points out the app store’s gambling policies. “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,” Google said in the blog post.
Paytm is one of the biggest fintech apps not only in India, but globally as well. According to the latest data from Sensor Tower, Paytm was the sixth most downloaded fintech app in August. The app also added 6.7 million installs during this period. Paytm has over 450 million users in total. The app has evolved from payments to a multifaceted platform offering online shopping, gaming, banking and more.