Google Announces Billing Expansions For Global Play Store

Google has announced that it is expanding the user choice billing program for Play Store to India, Australia, Indonesia, Japan and the European Economic Area. Google is calling all non-gaming developers to apply for the program and if they qualify they can use third-party payment systems.

This policy was released in the EEA region in July. The company gives a 3% discount on fees for developers using third-party billing in the EEA region. This new announcement offers a 4% discount on fees.

The company said that 99% of developers will qualify for 15% or lower fees. Google takes a 15% cut from the first $1million annually and then charges 30% after the first million. Those who qualify for the Google Play Media Experience program, such as books and video, pay as low as 10%.

“Android has always been a uniquely open operating system, and we continue to evolve our platform and increase the choices available to developers and users, while maintaining our ability to invest in the ecosystem. We will be sharing more in the coming months as we continue to build and iterate with our pilot partners,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.