Google Planning on Implementing Third-Party App Payments in S. Korea

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is planning to implement a third-party app payment system in South Korea in compliance to a local law that took effect in September.

Google pledged to comply with a recently passed South Korean legislation, dubbed the “anti-Google law”, which restricts big app store operators like Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their payment systems and pay commissions.

Google will now allow developers to offer billing options outside its app store in South Korea.

“We respect the decision of the National Assembly, and we are sharing some changes to respond to this new law,” Google said, adding that its current 15 percent distribution fee to developers will drop to 11 percent if users choose to pay outside the app store.

The law is the first major move on tech giants such as Google and Apple that are currently under scrutiny for anti-competitive behavior. However, Apple is yet to announce changes with respect to the South Korean law.

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