Stoloto filed a lawsuit against Google for removing its application

The distributor of lottery tickets in Russia, Technical Company Center (brand Stoloto) has filed a lawsuit against Google with the Moscow Arbitration Court demanding that the unilateral removal of the Stoloto application from Google Play be declared illegal, Kommersant reported, citing the court’s filing cabinet. According to the publication, the Google app store does not currently have the Stoloto application, but there are several that mimic it; there is an application in the AppStore.

The lawsuit was left without movement, “Center” “will file a new one, the company told the newspaper. They explained that the company has contacted Google several times, but they systematically refuse to place the application and block the account, referring to its policy on gambling.

Stoloto said that in Russia the lottery does not apply to gambling and that Google does not apply such restrictions in other countries. According to them, pirated applications are being distributed on Google Play, which undermine the confidence of Russians in state lotteries. Google did not respond to the publication’s request.

Since 2014, only state lotteries can be held in Russia. “Sportloto” is the operator of the lotteries of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sports. “TC” Center “” is engaged in the distribution of all tickets. The companies are controlled by S8 Capital of Armen Sargsyan. In 2019, the total proceeds from the sale of Stoloto lotteries amounted to 57.9 billion rubles, of which at least 55% go to the prize fund, and 6.7 billion rubles. were paid as taxes and fees, writes Kommersant.

Yevgenia Savelyeva, a lawyer at Kosenkov and Suvorov, said that Google makes additional requirements for content related to gambling, including lotteries. To host such an application, the company must have an appropriate license, and the application must not be available to minors. Also, the application should be distributed free of charge and without the function of paying for tickets through Google Pay.



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