Paddle announces an alternative payment system for games and apps from the App Store

Last month, a US court ordered Apple to change the rules of the App Store to allow game and application developers to use alternative payment systems. This decision was recently reacted by Paddle, which has already started advertising its new payment system prepared for iOS.

Paddle is a company specializing in creating payment systems for various types of websites. Its services are currently used by over 2,000 companies. Recently, it started advertising a new product – a payment system designed for use in games and applications for iOS. The solution they propose is to tempt developers primarily with lower commissions, amounting to 10% for transactions below USD 10 and 5% + USD 0.50 for transactions above USD 10 (Apple currently charges from 15 to 30% depending on the type of transaction and annual earnings. developer). The system prepared by them is also to offer many additional advantages, both for sellers and customers, including the possibility of using discount codes, “pausing” subscriptions, setting any prices and establishing direct contact between the seller and the buyer.

It is worth bearing in mind, however, that although a court in the US ordered Apple to allow alternative payment systems in the App Store, giving 90 days to introduce changes, the content of the judgment leaves a lot of freedom as to how this is to be organized. If it is not clarified by the court, it can be expected that Apple will allow alternative payment systems in a way that is as limited and difficult to use as possible, which may thwart Paddle’s plans. What’s more, Epic Games has already appealed against the judgment, and Apple is also planning it, so it is possible that the court’s judgment in this case may still be changed.

On the other hand, the US court is not the only institution trying to force Apple to accept alternative payment systems in iOS apps. South Korean authorities recently enacted changes to the telecommunications market law, introducing new app and game stores laws that do just that. Many other countries are also considering a similar movement. So it may turn out that it is due to this type of legal regulation, and not thanks to the judgment of the American court, that developers will be able to introduce the payment system offered by Paddle in their applications in some time.

Source: Paddle

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