Apple submits plans to allow alternative payment systems in South Korea: regulators

Seoul — South Korea’s telecommunications regulators will comply with Apple Inc.’s law on Tuesday banning App Store third-party payment systems from forcing major App Store operators to use payment systems for software developers. He said he had submitted a plan to allow that.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) requested Apple and Alphabet Google to submit a compliance plan after the bill was passed in August last year and came into effect in September.

In November, Google announced plans to allow an alternative payment system in South Korea to comply with the revised Telecommunications Business Act, called the “Anti-Google Act.”

“We look forward to working with KCC and the developer community on solutions that benefit South Korean users,” Apple said in a statement, including when the new payment system will come into effect and commission rates. Details were not disclosed. ..

Regulators said they would discuss details with the KCC. According to KCC, Apple will allow an alternative payment system at a service fee lower than the current 30% fee.

In the United States, iPhone makers have survived a lawsuit filed by Fortnite creator Epic Games in 2020, and game makers have launched Apple’s in-app payment system to charge 30% of Apple’s in-app purchases. I tried to avoid. Own.

Last year, a US judge ordered Apple to change the rules of the App Store. This prohibits developers from including links to buttons in external payment systems rather than using Apple’s own.

“I hope Apple will move here [in South Korea] As Google recently announced, this isn’t another fake opening of payment systems, “Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney wrote on Twitter.

Apple said it has paid developers a total of $ 260 billion through the App Store since its launch in 2008. This means paying developers $ 60 billion in 2021.