Apple will soon allow developers to use alternative payment systems for their apps in South Korea to comply with the country’s new law. according to Korea HeraldThe tech giant has shifted its plans on how its app store will support third-party payments to the Korea Communications Commission. It reportedly did not include details about when the changes to her store would take effect and exactly how much the service fee would be. However, the company said its reduction for alternative payment transactions would be less than 30 percent.
South Korea passed a law – dubbed the “Anti-Google Law” – last year that requires major app stores like Google and Apple to allow third-party payment methods. It was a blow to the tech giants who usually maintain a grip on their app stores. Both are grappling with lawsuits challenging the commission they take from developers. Perhaps the most well-known legal battle is the one with Epic, which began after a video game developer tried to circumvent the companies’ 30 percent commission by offering discounts to users who purchase in-game currency directly from its portal.
The new Korean law states that companies will face fines if they refuse to comply and force developers to use only their payment systems. Google introduced its initial compliance plans shortly after the law went into effect in September, and revealed it would cut its commission by four percent for transactions that don’t use its payment system. As for Apple, we’ll likely hear more information in the coming months. A company spokesperson said in a statement:
“We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users. Apple has great respect for Korean laws and a strong history of collaborating with talented app developers in the country. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place for our users to download apps. which they love.”
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