Posted January 21, 2019 09:30:54Google has announced that it’s cutting off its popular poker sites from the company’s Google Play platform, saying they violate its terms of service.
“We’ve received complaints about some of the poker sites that were offering their games to players without proper game registration, so we’ve taken action to close them down,” a Google spokesperson told Ars.
The news comes after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a subpoena last week seeking Google’s cooperation in the ongoing investigation into whether its poker services violate the FTC’s anti-money-laundering rules.
The FTC is looking into whether Google violated anti-fraud laws by failing to register and verify the identities of some users who used Google Play’s online poker game service.
Google has already confirmed that the poker games it hosts for the GooglePlay platform are not registered with the FTC, which means that it could face legal penalties for violating the anti-trust laws.
“Google is currently reviewing its policies and procedures to better align with FTC requirements, and we’ll be releasing a more detailed blog post in the coming days,” Google said in a statement.
“While this decision is based on the FTC investigation, we continue to believe in our company’s commitment to making online poker accessible to users, and hope that this new guidance will provide clarity to players, regulators, and consumers.”
“We know that online poker is popular and growing in popularity, and so we believe it is important that the game remains accessible to everyone who wants to play,” the spokesperson added.
“As we’ve said before, we do not want to be responsible for the actions of users who violate our terms and conditions.”