Bitcoin game returns to Google Play after an unexplained ban

on Feb 4, 2020
Updated: Mar 11, 2020
  • After banning a popular Bitcoin game, Bitcoin Blast, Google reviewed the app and returned it to Google Play.
  • Despite the 'happy ending,' many are still concerned about the fact that the company removed the app without warning or real cause for suspicion.
  • While Google Play is, in fact, filled with scam apps and wallets, Google seems to be removing them first, and asking questions later, if at all.

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Google has recently made another move against cryptocurrencies without offering an explanation when it banned a Bitcoin app called Bitcoin Blast from its Play Store last week. However, since then, the company had a preview and a discussion regarding the move, which led to the return of the app.

As many likely already know, Google has had an uneasy relationship with cryptocurrencies and crypto-related apps. The company previously banned crypto advertising, and its subsidiary, YouTube, even removed countless crypto-related videos in December 2019, supposedly due to an algorithm error.

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The Bitcoin Blast application is currently still hosted, although many users continue to report problems. Meanwhile, Google continues to scour its own Play Store in search of any suspicious app that might be a scam.

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This is also not surprising, considering that the Play Store is filled with scams, fake wallets, malicious apps, and more. As for Bitcoin Blast — a Candy Crush-type of game that allows players to earn small amounts of BTC — it seems to have been checked out by the company and confirmed as a legitimate app.

Even so, the real issue lies in the fact that Google Play just blocked the app with no warning. Not only that, but the app was only returned after its team was publicly called out, and requests for revision were submitted. A similar thing happened with a crypto wallet MetaMask, which was also returned within a week, after being banned with no warning.

As mentioned, there are plenty of scam apps and startups on Google Play, and there is always a risk that the users might start using a wallet that was created by scammers. However, the Bling team, and the firm’s CEO, Amy Wan, have never expressed any sort of shady behavior.

On the contrary, they are highly visible and very connected to their audience. Their app has over 25,000 users, as well as an average rating of 4.5 stars.

The only real complaint about the app is that it features a daily limit to earning points for a payout. However, on the positive note, the game made BTC popular, and it is quite well-known, which made the ban and removal without warning that much more serious.


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