Google will soon tighten the rules of the online store of applications for Android, blocking the loopholes that allow you to accept payments bypassing Google Play. This was reported by the authoritative edition of Bloomberg with reference to “knowledgeable” sources.
It is noted that Google will release new rules in the next few weeks. They will require most applications to use the Google payment system to download paid content within applications and games, as well as updates and subscriptions. This guarantees that the company will receive its legal 30% of payments within the applications on Android.
In principle, such requirements have existed for years, but some major developers, including Netflix, Spotify Technology, Match Group and Epic Games, successfully bypassed them. Netflix and Spotify encouraged users to use credit cards, in order to avoid Google deductions. The Match Group, behind the famous Tinder dating service, launched a similar payment process last year.
Fortnite players were recently allowed to purchase in-game updates with direct payments from Epic Games. As a result, a huge scandal broke out, Google and Apple removed Fortnite from their application stores and Epic is now suing both IT giants: Apple and Google.
After the publication of the new rules, Google will give major developers time to refine their products and eliminate inconsistencies. Google representative told reporters:
“Being an open platform, Android allows developers to use several application stores. In fact, most Android devices are sold with at least two built-in stores, and users can install others. For developers who have decided to place their applications Google Play, there has always been a requirement to use GPlay payment system”.