Following Fortnite, Netflix, Spotify and Tinder may be banished from Google Play
|Google will soon tighten the rules of the online app store for Android, closing loopholes that allow you to accept payments bypassing Google Play. |
This was reported by the authoritative publication Bloomberg, citing "informed" sources. It is noted that Google will release new rules next week. They will require most apps to use Google's payment system to download paid content inside apps and games, as well as updates and subscriptions. This ensures that the company receives its legal 30% of payments within Android apps.
In principle, such requirements have existed for years, but some major developers, including Netflix, Spotify Technology, Match Group, and Epic Games, have successfully circumvented them. Netflix and Spotify have encouraged users to use credit cards to avoid Google's deductions. Match Group, which is behind the famous Dating service Tinder, launched a similar payment process last year.
Recently, Fortnite players were allowed to purchase in-game upgrades with direct payments from Epic Games. As a result, a huge scandal broke out, Google and Apple removed Fortnite from their app stores, and Epic is now suing both IT giants. Especially a lot of noise was made by the proceedings between Epic Games and Apple.
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