The Delhi High Court filed a lawsuit against Google for a lawsuit filed by an online gaming company against Google''s ability to only daily fantasy sports (DFS) and rummy games applications on its app store Google Play, despite allowing all other games that involve real money.
Justice Prathiba M Singh has asked Google to respond to the plea, seeking interim settlement, and observed the matter of the integrity of the lawsuit before the intellectual property rights division of the High Court.
Upon receipt of notice, the court said it was briefing on the plea that sought further protracted relief.
Amit Sibal, the senior counsel for the plaintiff Winzo Games, claimed that the Google policy, which would take place on September 28 as a pilot program, equated to unfair trade as it deliberately excluded its application, which also offered games of skill to users, along with several others.
Winzo was a leader in the gaming world and offered several kinds of skill, including chess and 8-ball pools, and its revenue increased in the previous fiscal year by more than 100 crore.
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Google Play, which previously never provided a platform for money-in and money-out games, was introducing DFS and rummy, according to the Supreme Court. The two were considered skills games.
He added that Google Play was not the only app store on the android market.
The court noted that since Winzo offered DFS and rummy, it was open to it to take the two games on a separate app and then apply to Google to list them on its app store.
The issue will be discussed next November.