Google Banishes Bitcoin Game from Play Store

  • The puzzle game similar to Candy Crush was removed from the Google Play Store for its alleged “fraudulent practices.”
  • Google has declined to comment.
  • Google has recently clamped down on numerous crypto projects.

The Google Play Store has blocked Bitcoin Blast, a gaming app that allows users to convert points to Bitcoin (BTC). The search giant has yet to provide specific reasons for the removal. The latest move is just one in a long line of Google censorship actions against the cryptocurrency industry.

Google Play, formerly Android Market, is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google.

The puzzle game similar to Candy Crush was removed from the Google Play Store for its alleged “fraudulent practices,” according to its developers. Despite multiple requests, Google has yet to provide information regarding its violations. Amy Wan, CEO of Blink, the company behind Bitcoin Blast has lamented the removal. This is what she said while on an interview with Coindesk.

“We worked hard to try to get to where we were. If we don’t know what [Google] thinks is deceptive about the game, how can we possibly stop being deceptive? We know the game inside and out, and Google is spending maybe a minute reviewing it.”

She also highlighted that Google is particularly sensitive when it comes to crypto projects and is too quick to clamp down on them, stating, “I feel like [Google] is worse for crypto companies because the moment they see crypto or bitcoin, I think Google’s red flags just go off.”

Google Blocks Crypto YouTubers

Bitcoin (₿) is a cryptocurrency. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.

Google appears to have been on a campaign against the crypto ecosystem since December. Numerous YouTube channels with a focus on Bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies were suddenly deleted and then restored a few days later. Chris Dunn, a YouTuber with more than 200,000 subscribers, said that the deletion was a wake-up call for him and that he would now look for decentralized alternatives.

Also in December, Google blocked MetaMask, an Ethereum (ETH) wallet and browser extension, from Google Play Store. The MetaMask team posted the following statement in the wake of the embargo.

“In the last week, the MetaMask Android client was suspended by the Google Play App Store @googleplaydev. They cited their policy that bans mining on mobile, which we don’t. Appeal rejected.”

The ban was, however, lifted about a week later.

The Brave Browser, a Crypto Success

Many projects in the crypto industry are working on competing with Google and other major Silicon Valley companies. The goal is usually to give people back control of their own data and finances. Perhaps the most successful project in this area to date is the Brave Browser, an alternative to the ubiquitous Google Chrome. It now has approximately 8 million Brave users.

The browser enables users to earn cryptocurrencies as they browse. The company says that its primary goal is to uphold data privacy by blocking trackers. It achieves this by storing the data locally.

“Brave prevents known fingerprinting scripts from being loaded, through the browser’s Shields protections. Brave both uses, and contributes to the development of, privacy-protecting filter lists like EasyList and EasyPrivacy.”

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Samuel Waweru is a Technology, Entertainment, and Political News writer at Communal News.

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