Gov’t Watchdogs Eye Apple, Google’s commission structure
SEOUL, August 19 (Korea Bizwire) – A sign of conflict resurfaces over the commissions charged by Apple and Google in their respective app stores, which have an unparalleled presence in the app market.
After charging a 30% commission for in-game content, Google plans to change its commission policy to charge commissions on all in-app payments, just like Apple does with its app developers.
According to industry sources, Google recently informed a local app developer about its new commission policy.
Many app developers now share the view that if Google expands the scope of its commission levy to encompass all genres of apps, developers may have no choice but to increase their prices and possibly incur losses.
Cookies from Naver Webtoon, for example, which are now available for 100 won on PCs and Android devices, are priced higher by 120 won on the Apple App Store due to a charge. higher commission.
It is difficult for the main South Korean app developers to openly criticize the commissions charged by Apple and Google as they are dominant platforms.
Against this backdrop, the government and politicians are considering measures to push the two tech giants to take corrective action regarding their commission policies.
Government authorities such as the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Communications Commission are examining the feasibility of Apple and Google’s commission rules.
A local business is now bringing together victims to file a complaint against Apple and Google’s commission rules with the Fair Trade Commission.
Some analysts, however, have pointed out that such measures lack a sense of reality, especially given the situation where Apple’s and Google’s app markets are tax-exempt in Korea because they don’t ‘have no physical operation here.
Kevin Lee ([email protected])