Winzo Games lawsuit: Delhi High Court asks for Google’s position on legal action over real-money gambling policy


The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Google’s position on a lawsuit brought by an online gambling app against the search engine giant’s policy of only allowing daily fantasy sports (DFS) and rummy games apps on its Google Play app store, while excluding all other games involving actual games. silver.

Judge Prathiba M Singh asked Google to file its response to the plea, asking for interim relief, and observed that the issue of maintainability of the lawsuit in the High Court’s Intellectual Property Rights (IRP) division required consideration more in-depth.

“The issue of net neutrality is also raised by the complainant. Accordingly, issue notice,” the court said while processing the plea which also requested an interim measure.

Lead attorney Amit Sibal, representing plaintiff Winzo Games, said Google’s policy, which would be rolled out on September 28 as a pilot program, constituted unfair trading because it deliberately excluded its app, which also offered online games. addressed to users, as well as several others.

He said that Winzo is a prominent name in the gaming world and offers various games of skill such as chess and 8-ball billiards and his earnings in the last financial year were over Rs. 100 crores.

Lead attorney Sajan Poovayya, representing defendant Google and other related parties, raised objections regarding the maintainability of the lawsuit, saying it did not involve any IPR or technology law issues. information, but those of trade and commerce.

He said that Google Play, which had never previously provided a platform for games involving the “money in, money out” aspect, was introducing DFS and rummy because the Supreme Court had declared that both were skill games.

He added that Google Play was not the only app store in the Android market.

The court noted that since Winzo also offered DFS and Rummy, it was free for Winzo to launch those two games independently on a separate app and then ask Google to list them on its app store.

The case will then be heard in November.


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