What happened? South Korea has become the first country in the world to pass a law banning app store owners like Google and Apple from forcing developers to use their payment systems. The two companies in particular are exploring the question of how much control they should have over their platforms these days, but as the CEO of Epic Games has already indicated, this is an important new step.
The so-called "anti-Google law" in South Korea was originally passed by parliament last week, but the final vote ended yesterday. The bill became law with the signature of the South Korean president, whose party had already supported it.
According to the Associated Press, these companies also cannot be penalized by enforcing programs that use alternative payment systems. Unreasonable delays in approval of such programs. South Korean officials can even investigate app operators to ensure fair competition.
In February, North Dakota proposed a law similar to the one recently passed by South Korea, and the US Senate passed the law in early August. It completely destroys enclosed gardens in application platforms. To open app stores for alternative payment systems, Apple and Google each receive billions of dollars from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively, through in-app and in-app purchases. They usually take 30 percent, but they both agreed separate programs to reduce that discount to 15 percent for many developers.
Tim Sweeney, President of Epic Games, previously welcomed the title as a historic moment and moved toward open platforms, writing on Twitter: “Korea is first in open platforms.” “Korea rejects digital trade monopolies and recognizes open platforms as a right”< /p>
Sweeney has even gone so far as to liken the event to the fall of the Berlin Wall.” As President Kennedy said at the Berlin Wall in 1963, today all developers around the world can be proud of saying, “I am Korean!”< p> As President Kennedy said at the Berlin Wall in 1963, today all developers around the world can d proudly say: I'm Korean! pic.twitter.com/XeVdB1W1Wl - Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 31, 2021< p> “Google Play offers much more than payment processing,” Google explained in a statement that is all for development and maintenance of the operating system and app store. “Just as it costs developers to create an app, it also costs us to build and maintain the operating system and app store. We talk about how to follow this rule while supporting a model that delivers high-quality performance. system and the App Store, and we'll be sharing more in the coming weeks. p>
Apple recently changed its App Store rules to sue and allow developers to notify users of non-Apple payment options, as long as they notify users through app-methods, such as email. Apple also agreed to pay $100 million For junior developers.
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South Korea passes law forcing Google and Apple to open app stores for alternative payment systems