Google will cut the Play Store commission in half: from 30% to 15%

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After the ‘epic’ fight that is taking place Epic Games vs. App Stores due to the high commissions that apply to apps, Google will reduce its commission: from 30% it will go to 15%; as long as the creator does not get more than a million dollars per year for his app.

We are currently living a fight that involves some developers unhappy with the commissions that both Google and Apple apply to the apps that are published in their respective mobile stores. Led by Epic Games, the fight has intensified with the mediation of the courts. Because, is it acceptable that distributors keep 30% of what developers get for the software they create? After iOS, changes are coming to Android too.


Commission halving will benefit 99% of developers

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Both Apple and Google had been charging a similar commission for all software sold in their app store, whether the sale applied to downloading or acquiring in-app services (in-app purchases). The already popular 30% is a huge slab for creators who are not very popular, also for companies that are starting in the creation of apps. Google is targeting both audiences.

As specified in the Android developer page, the Google Play Store will cut the sales commission in half from July 1, 2021. Said reduction is set right in the middle: from 30 to 15%. Although, yes, it has an important limitation: only those who do not obtain more than one million dollars for its application will benefit from the reduced commission. In essence it is almost the entirety of Google Play, just 99% of developers.

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The commission reduction affects any developer. The condition to benefit is not exceed a million dollars in benefits, either for the direct sale of the app or for the services acquired through it (and that Google also taxed 30%).

Google equates to Apple’s announcement that it too would reduce your commission for the distribution of apps (equally under a million dollars in benefits). As we said, the 15% will go into effect for all transactions on Google Play from July 1.

More information | Google Developers


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