Google intends to tighten control over the implementation of payment rules for purchases in Android applications. Updated instructions will be released next week to clarify the company’s requirements for using its payment system for subscriptions and in-app purchases. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing its own informed sources.
It is not surprising that Google decided to tighten the requirements, because purchases made through the company’s payment system are subject to a 30% commission. It’s worth noting that the requirements to use Google’s payment system have been around for many years, but big developers such as Netflix, Spotify, or Epic Games get around this rule. The Netflix and Spotify apps allow you to use credit cards to pay for purchases, and Epic Games added its own payment system to Fortnite, after which it was removed from the Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The source notes that after updating the rules, Google will provide some time for developers to bring their applications in line with the new requirements. This means that apps that violate Google’s policies will not be removed immediately, but this may happen later if the developers still do not make changes to their products.
“As an open platform, Android allows multiple app stores. In fact, most Android devices come with at least two stores out of the box, and users can install others as well. For developers who decide to distribute their applications on the Play Store, our policy has always required the use of the Play payment system if the applications provide the ability to purchase digital goods. We always work with our partners to clarify these policies and ensure they are applied fairly and reasonably.“- commented a representative of Google.
It’s worth noting that a 30% commission on digital in-game and app purchases brings Google and Apple billions of dollars annually, so it’s no surprise that both companies are enforcing the rules.
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