DraftKings and FanDuel hit Google Play, foreshadowing a possibility of easing Google’s strict US gambling policy.
Two fantasy sport apps are freely downloadable from the Google Play. US gambling news reported, that the search-mammoth might have made some changes in their policy as FanDuel Mobile and Mob Draftkings appeared among approved applications. Previously, players had to bypass the security settings and manually install the apps in order to play.
Can we except more fantasy sports apps in the Google Play store?
A source told Fortune.com that the two fantasy sports apps “are part of a ‘closed, limited pilot’ in the United States app store.” It seems that DraftKings and FanDuel are only exceptions to Google’s strict US gambling policy. According to online gambling news in the US, both companies are experiencing a rapid increase in revenues which is in parallel with the growing popularity of fantasy sports in the US.
FanDuel is one of the most famous fantasy sports apps with mentions from The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and Yahoo! Sports. Their novelty lays in daily and weekly fantasy sports leagues. The 10MB FanDuel app promises instant payment on mobile devices running with Android Gingerbread (2.3.3) or more recent versions.
The DraftKings app provides free and paid mobile betting services, including private leagues and beginner games. The games’ schedule is similar to FanDuel’s, but DraftKing’s Google Play ratings are way more positive at the moment. The app requires 9,4MB of space and it was developed by CreaSoft Inc. Their official page boasts about USD 1 million guaranteed winnings for players, only in 2015.
FanDuel Mobile and Mobile DraftKing might be the only exceptions
In April 2014, DraftKings revealed in a tweet that they’re “awaiting permission from Google for DFS apps!” After the Mob DraftKings app appeared on Google Play, the fantasy sports company confirmed the news by retweeting a member of their developer team. FanDuel also choose twitter to share the news, and they’ve announced a special present for one lucky mobile user.