It is more than one month since Google commenced the pilot project to allow rummy and fantasy sports on Android Playstore in India. Fantasy gaming leader Dream11 which debuted on PlayStore in early October now has over 1 million downloads. The downloads when compared to Dream11’s total user base of 130 million may appear to be minute but 1 million downloads in a short span of time signal the wide acceptance of fantasy sports.
Fantasy sports is not alone in making inroads through PlayStore. A fantasy and rummy app from unicorn MPL received 500,000 downloads at the time of writing this. A23, promoted by Shah Rukh Khan has received over 100,000 downloads. Classic Rummy Plus by Nazara-owned OpenPlay has received 10,000 downloads. While Gurgaon-based Passion Gaming received 10,000 downloads for its rummy app Rummy Passion.
Beyond paid apps, several simulation apps have received over 1 million apps. A fantasy and rummy simulation by Gamezy promoted by Indian cricketer KL Rahul also received 1 million downloads. While a simulation app Junglee Rummy has received a whopping 10 million downloads.
In related news, Delhi-based social gaming platform WinZo filed a lawsuit against Google stating the pilot program for fantasy sports and rummy apps on Google Play Store as discriminatory. Appearing for Google, senior advocate Sajan Povvayya stated that Google permitted real money gaming apps on PlayStore only after the Supreme Court categorized rummy and fantasy sports as skill games.
Recently, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of INR 2274 crores in two separate cases after finding that Google has resorted to anti-competitive practices in its Android and PlayStore dealings with OEMs and developers, respectively.