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Google Profits from Illegal DoubleU Gambling Games Class Action

This class action brings suit against Google, LLC and Google Payment Corp. (GPC), alleging that the companies profit from gambling games that are illegal in many states. The game apps are developed by DoubleU Games Co., Ltd., featuring casino-style slot machines, table games, and other kinds of play. They are obtained from the Google Play Store and offer in-app purchases paid for via GPC, with a percentage of the purchase price going to the Google companies.

The Google Play Store is a digital distribution site for apps that use the Android operating system. It offers users “personalized collections of Apps and games,” the complaint says, that “are curated automatically” based on the users’ histories, locations, and other factors.

The DoubleU gambling games are free to download and play. They give users an initial supply of free “coins” or other tokens. When users win, the get more coins or token. However, as users lose, their supplies of coins or tokens dwindle and eventually run out. At that point, they are offered in-game purchases of more coins or tokens, which they must pay for with real money.

These in-app purchases are processed by GPC, which takes a 30% commission. Google also sometimes runs promotions for games. The complaint asserts, “Google and DoubleU Games are both responsible for the creation or development of the Apps at issue here.”

Are the losses significant? The complaint claims that in 2019, users lost around $3.5 billion to such “free” games. Also, says the complaint, “Most of the revenue earned from these casino-style Apps (i.e., 80-90%) is made from a small portion (i.e., about 3%) of their players, who are specifically targeted because of the large amounts they will spend.”

The complaint quotes journalist Neal Halverson, talking about a woman who was willing to spend $400,000—except that she didn’t have that kind of money: “In a regular casino, they would have seen that she didn’t have the income to be spending $400k. Further, she asked them nearly a dozen times to cut her off, told them she had a problem, that she couldn’t stop spending. And what did they do? They just gave her free chips and encouraged her to keep spending.”

According to the complaint, “Paying money in a game for a chance to win more playing time violates the antigambling laws of the twenty-five states that are at issue in this case.” The states include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

The Multistate Class for this action is all persons who paid money to Google for coins to bet on one of the DoubleU Games Apps who live in any of the twenty-five states named above. The complaint has also defined individual classes for each of these states.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Google Profits from Illegal DoubleU Gambling Games Complaint

March 5, 2021

This class action brings suit against Google, LLC and Google Payment Corp. (GPC), alleging that the companies profit from gambling games that are illegal in many states. The game apps are developed by DoubleU Games Co., Ltd., featuring casino-style slot machines, table games, and other kinds of play. They are obtained from the Google Play Store and offer in-app purchases paid for via GPC, with a percentage of the purchase price going to the Google companies.

Google Profits from Illegal DoubleU Gambling Games Complaint

Case Event History

Google Profits from Illegal DoubleU Gambling Games Complaint

March 5, 2021

This class action brings suit against Google, LLC and Google Payment Corp. (GPC), alleging that the companies profit from gambling games that are illegal in many states. The game apps are developed by DoubleU Games Co., Ltd., featuring casino-style slot machines, table games, and other kinds of play. They are obtained from the Google Play Store and offer in-app purchases paid for via GPC, with a percentage of the purchase price going to the Google companies.

Google Profits from Illegal DoubleU Gambling Games Complaint
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