Google unlikely to accept 30% commission roll-back demand by Indian Startups

After hosting a policy webinar on October 21 with Indian app developers, startup founders and other stakeholders to address concerns over its policies for the Play Store, Google indicated that it is not going to accede to demands by Indian startups to roll back the 30% commission.

Since last month, when Google announced its intentions of enforcing a 30% cut on in-app purchases for Play-distributed apps and other policies, Indian startup founders and tech entrepreneurs have been criticizing the company’s move. Many, including Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, have slammed the 30% charge as an example of Google abusing its dominance.

After facing criticism from the Indian startup ecosystem over its Play Store policies, Google, earlier this month, deferred the implementation of the policies for Indian app developers by six months to April 2022.

The company said that it was deferring the deadline for Indian apps who use an alternative billing system, to integrate the Play Store’s billing system by March 31, 2022.

It had also clarified that the policies weren’t new and that Google always required app developers who distribute their apps on Play to use Google Play’s billing system if they offer in-app purchases of digital goods. “In fact, more than 97% of developers with apps on Google Play already comply with the policy,” Google claimed in its blog post

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