PhonePe joins ranks with Paytm against Google
With all that’s been happening between Paytm and Google, on the face of it, what’s your take as the founder and CEO of one of India’s leading payment apps? How do you really see this whole issue and the way it played out? Where do you stand on this?
I think it’s unfortunate Anytime a major app, any app in any categories taken down, it’s not great for the brand is not great for the ecosystem, either. There are millions of users using the app. I guess the question is, what are the conditions under which they were taken down? I think I think the reason it got here is because of a couple of sort of idiosyncratic, if I may call it idiosyncratic policies. But they are consistently applied. I mean, just because we face them, too.
So there’s two things to the Google policy, they put out a blog, but I don’t think they cover the details. If you just search for play store gambling policies. One they allow gambling only in four markets. It’s US, UK, Ireland and France. There’s no answer. We’ve got till date on why India is not allowed Fantasy games, or poker, or Rummy given that the Supreme Court has ruled that these are skill-based games, which is frustrating as an ecosystem.