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Google Play to allow other in-app payment options in S. Korea from Dec.18
Updated: 2021-11-26 17:05:28 KST
App developers using Google Play in South Korea will be able to direct consumers to other payment platforms starting December 18th.
Google Play has posted on its policy center webpage that it will allow users in South Korea to have other payment options for in-app purchases.
The move comes as the National Assembly approved amendments to the Telecommunications Business Act in September.
With this bill, South Korea becomes the first country in the world to legally enforce tight restrictions on Google as well as Apple's in-app payment systems.
The approved bill stops operators like Google and Apple from forcing software developers to only use their in-app payment systems, where Google and Apple scoop up lucrative commission fees.
Currently, for every dollar a consumer spends on an app in the Google or Apple app stores, those firms take as much as 30 cents in commission.
Google and Apple have been charging up to 30 percent on every purchase of mobile games via their app stores.
The move to allow users in South Korea to use a variety of payment options began after Google announced in September last year that it would enforce its billing policy of up to 30 percent commission on all Play Store apps.
However, Google Play said it will charge commission on other payment options as well.
Earlier this month, Google Play said it will charge developers 4 percent less in commission on other options than its in-app payment system.

"Currently, Google is trying to slip away from this bill to maintain its in-app payment system. Its 4-percent less commission policy on other payments would make the bill useless."

The expert added that another bill might be needed in order to stop Google from abusing its market position.
Meanwhile, unlike Google, Apple is not taking any actions regarding the bill.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.
Reporter : jy_rachel@arirang.com