The App Store will need to allow third-party payments, but Apple will continue to charge a reduced commission to the developer

Apple will allow third-party payment systems in the South Korean App Store, in accordance with the law recently approved in the Asian country. Thus, the app store must allow alternative payments for developers who request it, in a losing battle for the Cupertino company. Despite this, Apple ensures that it will charge a reduced commission for apps that take advantage of this option.

New digital purchasing law that affects Google and Apple

South Korea passed a law four months ago that prevented app platform owners from requiring the use of their own payment platform to developers. Thus, the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store are forced to allow alternative payment systems to the user. A choice of method is left to the developer.

Unlike the Epic case, where a trial was held under existing laws, here we are faced with a new law

Apple already announced that it planned to charge a commission to apps that link outside of the App Store in his trial against Epic Games, so it is not strange that now they are going to transfer this model to South Korea. Of course, the company managed to delay this measure after the appeal to the Ninth Circuit, after the initial rejection of the judge in the case. According to Apple:

We are at the disposal of the KCC and our developer community to find a solution that benefits Korean users. Apple has a lot of respect for the laws of Korea and a strong history of collaborating with the country’s developers. Our work is always guided by keeping the App Store safe and trustworthy so that our users can download the apps they want.

Google already indicated in November that they would assume the change, reducing your commission from 15% to 11%. Apple has not disclosed percentages or dates or a new regulation for the Asian country at the moment. But hopefully it will follow a similar scheme, so the advantage for the developer is not so clear.

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