Google gets serious and will update the Play Store billing rules

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Google will update your Play Store's billing rules in measures that will be announced next week and will take effect later to prevent certain developers from skipping the 30% rate.

Google doesn't want it to happen to you like Apple, and they're going to issue a major update for all billing-related Play Store rules to prevent certain actors from skipping the 30% rate.

Until now Mountain View had overlooked certain apps in the Play Store skipping the billing model so you don't have to pay the corresponding 30% fee. They now anticipate from Bloomberg that this update will be announced next week and that certain companies that have so far evaded, with some tricks, the Billing Rule from the Play Store are likely to like nothing.

The main updated rule will clarify the requirement for apps to use Google Play's built-in billing service for in-app purchases. This way Google wants that 30% of all purchases made through apps that are available in your store.

So those programs that allow the payment of microtransactions or services through a credit card, will already be required to offer a subscription through Google's billing service so that they do not skip 30%.

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The current guidelines in the Google App Store are:

  • Developers who offer products in a game downloaded from Google Play or who provide access to their content should use Google Play Billing for In-App Purchases as a payment method.
  • Developers offering products in another category of the app downloaded from Google Play must use Google Play Billing for In-App Purchases as a payment method, except in the cases listed below: Payments made to purchase only physical products and payments made to purchase digital content that can be used outside the app itself (for example, songs that can be heard on other music players)

So far Google has been looking fat with certain renowned apps that have diverted credit card subscriptions to avoid having to pay 30%. From now on that will not be possible, and companies will be given a graceful time to follow the new rules with the risk that their apps may end up retiring from the store.

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A recent example is with Epic Games and its Fortnite, where they have been avoiding the policies of both the App Store and the Play Store encouraging players to purchase in-game content directly from Epic.

Starting with next week's changes, if a developer wants to have their app on Google Play, they'll need to follow the new guidelines, which makes sense given that google app store visibility is making it much easier for these companies to sell.

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