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Let me put this upfront:
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  • Gambling: We don’t allow content or services that facilitate online gambling, including but not limited to, online casinos, sports betting and lotteries, or games of skill that offer prizes of cash or other value.


With that out in the open, are giveaways and sweepstakes of real world rewards allowed in Google Play? I would like to motivate my players by giving them the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for cash if they can reach a certain level. This would also be a way for me to collect emails and build a email list w/marketing and remarketing. Here's how it would work:
Player reaches Level 1 - Able to enter $25 gift card sweepstakes
Player reaches Level 2 - Able to enter $100 gift card sweepstakes
Level 3 - $500
Level 4 - $2000
I know that there are many utility apps like GasBuddy or Plenti that do this but I have not seen any games implement this. Do you know if Google allows this?

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Hi @kompleted.com
(This is my first post here...)

I was thinking about something very similar....
My new app (not a game) will need user generated content in the beginning....
My idea was to randomly offer 5$ every week to someone if they submitted new contente for the App (via email)...

The smaller Play Store credit cards are 15$, so I noticed that the Play Store accepted Paypal, I will transfer the 5$ via Paypal to the person that wins...

I didn't read the Play Store policy but I think it's not problematic.... (But I would like to know if it is....)

I didn't thought about collecting the emails, that's a good idea, I can put that in the "rules" and start building a email list....

Best regards, Rodrigo


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Really tricky question to answer, personally I would contact Google and try to get an answer (although it can be difficult to get a straight answer).

I don't know, gambling implies putting a stake down and as you're only giving prizes I wouldn't deem it gambling. However, if your game has in-apps it could be argued that you're pushing players to buy in-apps to compete for the prizes. Give-aways and handing out money is always a dodgy area, so I'd proceed with caution. That's not to say that it's not an interesting and potentially lucrative idea.
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