Google wants to make all app developers pay 30% share for in-app purchases

Google wants to make all app developers pay 30% share for in-app purchases

Currently, according to Google, from all apps put to the Play Market, only 3% of apps offer in-app purchases, and only 3% of the latter (0.09% in general) do not use the Google payment system for purchases made by app users. But even this fraction of 0.09% is going to fade – in the last days of September Google announced that if an app developer wants to keep an app in the Play Market further on, then it has to use only the Google payment system, which is to be integrated into an app. Without options.

Before that, some large developers like Spotify & Netflix amongst others, have been bypassing this by offering its users to pay for in-app purchases with their credit card, thus, avoiding 30% commission.

But a large scandal only started when Epic Games have decided to avoid it, too. Firstly, the company has tried two times to agree that with Google but it has declined. When Epic Games did it anyway, the app was simply deleted from the Play Market. Now, the two have come to court to rule the situation out.

The same situation and a commission are with Apple. On par with Google, the companies control nearly 100% of the world market of apps for smartphones, so most developers have nothing to do but to agree to pay the commission. Google, however, will allow its smartphones from 2021 to have alternative play markets. Specialists consider that this will not change the situation much, whilst some developers hope it will.