INTERNATIONAL_ Apple recently said it will allow third-party payment solutions in South Korea after the passage of the law.
Apple said it was willing to comply with the requirements of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC). But it will still charge fees from transactions made through alternative payment systems. However, it will be a fee lower than the current 30% fee.
Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney calls Apple’s plans excessive. He believes the company should not charge any fees for the payments.
In November 2021, Google also responded to the new Korean law by promising an alternative payment system with reduced fees. Both Apple and Google insist that charging for the service is necessary to maintain their app stores.
Exact details on when and how alternative payment options will be made available to developers are still unknown. One thing is for sure, however, that whenever external payment systems are implemented, they will be limited to South Korea.
While recently, authorities now want Apple and Google to block P&E games in app stores across the country. Requests were sent to the local submitted companies from the Game Administration Committee under the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The Korean Gaming Commission has been fighting against these types of games for a long time. According to data published by Naver for 2021, the office has refused to award or withdraw age ratings on 15 titles that follow the P&E model.
This has led to a series of lawsuits, the parties have to take each other to court to settle. One of the most controversial cases involving SkyPeople’s Five Stars. In April, the agency revoked the game’s rating, banning distribution of the game in kimchi.