The revenue structure of the Google and Apple app stores has been widely criticized around the world. South Korea’s parliament has now passed a bill called the Anti-Google law, which would change the structure of developers’ payments to companies and allow tech giants to use alternative payment systems.
In the current structure, developers have to use Apple and Google payment systems in the App Store and Google Play, which results in paying 30% of the fee to these two technology giants. It has been a while since the voices of developers and statesmen have been heard, and now South Korea with Approval of the bill Counters such an approach.
Under South Korea’s bill, companies that own app stores can no longer force developers to use their own payment systems, which would prevent technology giants such as Google and Apple from paying fees.
Of the 188 members of parliament, 180 voted in favor of the bill, which would pass a law called the Anti-Google Act. The bill must be signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Of course, it would not be pleasant for companies like Google and Apple to pass such a bill. A Google spokesman said he was thinking about how to follow the rule with a model that could maintain the quality of the operating system and the App Store, and would release more information in the future.
According to Google, Google Play fees help keep Android free, as well as giving developers of tools and global platforms access to billions of customers around the world.
Apple said in a statement that the bill would reduce user confidence in the App Store purchases, resulting in reduced opportunities for 482,000 registered developers in South Korea. According to the Cupertinos, these people have made a lot of money with Apple to date.
It remains to be seen whether this approach of the South Korean parliament will continue in other countries, and whether governments can deal with the excessive power of the technology giants.