Google Play Pilot Program for Online Crane Game apps

Starting July 11, 2022, Play will begin a limited-time pilot allowing for the distribution of Online Crane Game (OCG) apps in Japan (the “Pilot Program”).  Applicants that successfully complete the application process and are accepted to participate in the Pilot Program will be eligible to distribute their OCG apps on Google Play the duration of the Pilot Program.

If you operate an OCG app and are interested in participating in this Pilot Program, please have an authorized individual complete and submit the following application form. The Google Play team will use this information to assess and accept participants.

Directions:

In order to participate in this pilot program, you will need to:

  1. Obtain and provide proof of certification from a Google Play Industry Partner
  2. Complete and submit the following application
  3. Accept the “Pilot Terms and Conditions” noted below
  4. Maintain a  Play Developer Account in good standing

Google will review your application form to assess your eligibility to participate in the Pilot Program and will notify you of the result within five business days after you submit all necessary information to Google.  

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For developers distributing in Japan, see this for more information
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Pilot Terms and Conditions*

  1. Participation. Your participation to the Pilot Program is subject at all times to your acceptance of and compliance with the Google Play Developer Policies, the Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement (“DDA”) which is incorporated by reference, and these Pilot Terms and Conditions and conditions, (together, the "Pilot Terms and Conditions").
     
  2. Definitions. Any undefined term used in the Pilot Terms and Conditions shall have the same meaning as that set out in the DDA.
    1. "OCG” or “Online Crane Games” are an app-based gaming entertainment service whereby an app provides users digital access from a smartphone or PC to remotely operate a physical crane game machine set up by the game operator in a physical space. 
    2. Google Play Industry Partner refers to industry organization(s) that have worked with Google to develop safety and oversight mechanisms to enhance the protection for users of OCG apps. A list of Google Play Industry Partners can be found here. If you are an industry organization of Online Crane Games and interested in becoming Google Play Industry Partner, please contact us.  

 

  1. Application.  No binding agreement is entered into until such time as Google notifies you that your application has been accepted. Google will send you a notification if your application has been accepted. 

 

  1. Term.  If your application to the Pilot Program is accepted, you will be permitted to distribute your OCG app for the duration of the Pilot Program.  The Pilot Program will run from July 11, 2022 until July 11, 2023.

 

  1. OCG App Distribution.  
  1. New to Play app.  In case your OCG app is not currently distributed on Google Play at the time of application, you may be able to publish your OCG app upon confirmation of the acceptance of the OCG app to the Pilot Program, subject to the Pilot Terms and Conditions. 
  2. Existing app.  In case your OCG app is currently distributed on Google Play at the time of application, you must update the settings of your OCG app on Play Console if necessary to comply with the Pilot Terms and Conditions.
     
  1. Rejection; Removal.  
    1. You understand and acknowledge that If your application to the Pilot Program is rejected, your OCG app cannot be distributed through Google Play and in case your app is already being distributed on Google Play, your app will be removed from Google Play. You also understand and acknowledge that submission of your OCG app to Play Console may be rejected if your application to the Pilot Program is rejected.  
    2. You understand and acknowledge that Google may remove your OCG app from Google Play if you breach any provision of the Pilot Terms and Conditions, the DDA, the Developer Program Policies, or any other applicable agreement relating to Google Play. 

 

  1. Google Play Industry Partner Guidelines.
    1. Google Play Industry Partner Policy and Procedures.  Your OCG app must be certified by a Google Play Industry Partner and maintain that certification (the “Certification”) in good standing.  You acknowledge and agree that you will comply with any policies, procedures, and other guidelines set forth by the Google Play Industry Partner during your participation in the Pilot Program.   
    2. If the Certification expires or is revoked for any reason, you must inform Google and unpublish your OCG app from Google Play in the region(s) covered by the Certification. 
    3. If the Certification you previously submitted to Google is amended or updated, you must immediately inform Google and provide an updated copy of the Certification to Google, together with an explanation of the changes.
    4. You will prominently display to your users, in a clear and transparent manner, your Certification, as well as applicable terms and conditions for using your OCG app;

 

  1. Pilot Program Requirements. 
    As a participant in the pilot, you represent, warrant and undertake that:
    1. You will limit distribution of your OCG app to countries covered by your Certification from a Google Play Industry Partner; 
    2. You will designate your OCG app as a ‘Game’ on Play Console for appropriate categorization, see here for further details 
    3. Your app will implement and maintain effective user age verification mechanisms;
    4. Your app accepts payment for entertainment purposes only (e.g. gameplay) and not as a  a wager, stake, or consideration to win a prize of real monetary value;
    5. Prizes obtainable through your app’s gameplay: 
      1. Will not exceed legally permissible value of prizes for crane games installed in game arcades under applicable law;
      2. Will not include NFTs/cryptocurrency or cash equivalents (e.g., gift cards); liquor, smoking, vaping or other tobacco products; underwear; items intended to be sexually gratifying (e.g., sex toys); or dangerous products, including explosives, firearms, ammunition, weapons, and other products that can cause serious physical harm to others;
      3. Will not be available for resale (e.g. your OCG app must not buy prizes from users or operate such service to enable users to sell and/or 3rd party to buy prizes won in-game);
    6. You must provide users with effective redress mechanisms and customer support with respect to inquiries and complaints about your OCG app 
    7. Your app will comply with all respective Google Play Industry Partner policies and procedures such as:
      1. Implementing effective age-appropriate in-app spending limits, including the implementation of in-app warnings and messages when those limits are exceeded;
      2. Gameplay fairness, including any auditing or third-party verification requirements related to ensuring gameplay fairness;
      3. Transparency and advertising, including but not limited to prohibitions of inaccurate or misleading statements regarding gameplay or users’ ability to win prizes;   
    8. You will provide, upon Google’s or a Google Play Industry Partner’s request, any additional information required to assess your compliance with the Pilot Terms and Conditions, your compliance with the Google Play Industry Partner’s Policies and Procedures, or the overall effectiveness of the Pilot Program;
    9. You will immediately inform Google in writing if any of the following occurs:
      1. Any information provided by you to Google in this application form changes or is no longer accurate;
      2. Your Google Play Industry Partner certification expires, is terminated, or otherwise changes;
      3. In the event you become aware that any age verification or limited geo publication functionality in your OCG app fails to function appropriately;
      4. Any legal actions or regulatory investigation are commended against you regarding your OCG app;
      5. You are subject to a ruling by any legal or regulatory authority, or any industry body, regarding your OCG app;
    10. All information you provide to Google with respect to the Pilot Program, including information in the application form and any information you provide about Pilot Terms and Conditions, will be current, true, accurate, supportable and complete.

 

  1. Data. Google may share information about you and your OCG app with Google Play Industry Partners to the extent necessary to operate the Pilot Program. For example, Google may share feedback from users about your app with Google Play Industry Partners to enable them to review and assess your compliance with Google Play Industry Partner’s policies.  

 

  1. Suspending or Terminating Your Participation. Google may suspend or terminate your participation in the Pilot Program if: 
    1. You breach any provision of the Pilot Terms and Conditions, the DDA, the Developer Program Policies, or any other applicable agreement relating to Google Play;
    2. Google is required to do so by law;
    3. You cease being an authorized developer, a developer in good standing, or are barred from using Android software;
    4. You are subject to legal action or regulatory investigation regarding your OCG app;
    5. You or your OCG app pose a potential risk of economic, reputational, or security-related harm to Google, users, or other third-party partners.

 

  1. Completion/Suspension etc. of the Pilot Program.  
    1. Google reserves the right to extend, modify, suspend or terminate the Pilot Program upon providing reasonable notice in writing to you.  
    2. Unless extended by Google or terminated sooner, the Pilot Program will end on July 11, 2023. Upon conclusion of the Pilot Program, you understand and acknowledge that Google may remove your OCG app from Google Play if you do not unpublish it.

 

Google reserves the right to remove any OCG App from Google Play at any time in accordance with its rights set out in the DDA, or if it otherwise decides to no longer permit OCG Apps on Google Play (in whole or in any particular country or territory) in accordance with the Pilot Terms and Conditions.

If you are submitting the application form and agreeing to be bound by the Pilot Terms and Conditions on behalf of your employer or other entity, you represent and warrant that you have full legal authority to bind your employer or such entity to the Pilot Terms and Conditions.  If you do not have the requisite authority, you may not submit the application form and accept this Pilot Terms and Conditions on behalf of your employer or such entity. *
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