Google bends the knee to South Korea, allows third-party in-app payments

Naturally, our beloved tech giants, Google and Apple, want you to exclusively use their own billing systems for in-app purchases on mobile phones and tablets.

For that reason, they have faced global scrutiny for forcing developers to use their payment systems and charging them a commission of up to 30%. Governments around the world have tried to curb its control, but to no avail.

Up to now.

South Korea’s “Anti-Google” Law … It Has Worked!

You may recall that in August, South Korea passed a new bill, also known as the “anti-Google” law, which prohibits large app store operators like Google and Apple from forcing developers to exclusively use their payment systems.

The law came into force in mid-September and if any app store operator does not comply, they will have to pay 3% of their revenue in South Korea.

While it was to be expected that Google would not give up easily and walk away without a fight, the unexpected has happened.

On Thursday, Google announced via a blog post that it would comply with South Korean law and let third payment options for in-app purchases.

And that is the first time that Google has modified its privacy policy for a specific country. I repeat: THE FIRST TIME.

How does it work?

The ad says:

In response to recent legislation, developers will now be able to add an alternative in-app billing system, alongside Google Play’s billing system, for their mobile and tablet users in South Korea. At the end of the purchase, users will be able to choose which billing system to use.