Google enables third-party payment system in South Korea
Following the enactment of a law on the app store billing system by the Korean government, Google announced that it will allow 'third-party payment methods' for the payment system of its own app store, Google Play, and the in-app payment system.
Google Developers Korea Blog: Enabling alternative billing systems for users in South Korea
On August 31, 2021, South Korea was 'the operator of the app market' because it was considered 'exclusive' that the payment methods of Google Play and App Store were limited to those of Google and Apple respectively. Passed a bill banning 'forced exclusive payment system by'. This forced Google and Apple to allow non-own payment methods.
Laws regulating Google and Apple's app stores passed in South Korea, banning compulsion of exclusive payment system --GIGAZINE
And on November 4, 2021, Google announced in its developer blog that it 'provides Korean users with the option to add alternative payment methods to Google Play and the in-app payment system.' With this change, options other than Google Play will be displayed in the payment method in the application as follows.
'In the coming weeks and months, we'll share implementation details for developers, including security and user identity verification steps, guidelines for building a user experience,' Google said.
Google also said, 'Alternative payment systems may not offer the same protection, payment options and features as Google Play payment systems, such as parental controls. In 2021 alone, more than 1.5 million users will be in South Korea. We use Play Gift Cards. In South Korea, more than 12 million users have registered for Play Points, and these accounts have a total of more than 20 billion points that cannot be used with alternative payment systems. Korean consumers appreciate these features and believe that it is important for us to continue to offer Google Play payment options as long as they wish. '