Google will maintain its first business assembly with Indian app builders and founders of startups this week relating to its play retailer coverage, which acquired large backlash over the 30 % fee proposed for in-app purchases of digital items.
The corporate is organising a “Google Play Coverage Webinar” on October 21, and one once more on November 3, as a part of its outreach following complaints by startups, lots of whom approached the IT Ministry in addition to the Competitors Fee of India (CCI) on the problem.
Google’s world Play group will tackle queries and issues of Indian app builders, a supply aware of the event instructed CNBC-TV18.
Google has not but responded to CNBC-TV 18 queries.
Founders of some startups have confirmed that they’ve acquired an invitation from Google, however didn’t need to be recognized, whereas few others mentioned that they’d not acquired it.
Google is believed to have held one-on-one discussions with a number of startups over the previous few weeks to debate the problem. The tech big has reached out to gamers reminiscent of PhonePe, Razorpay amongst others.
“We did converse to Google final week and shared our issues. Now we have not been invited to any webinar although,” a PhonePe spokesperson mentioned.
This follows Google’s announcement on October 5 that it was deferring its coverage for Indian app builders by six months to April 2022. The coverage will come into impact in different areas from October 2021.
Google had earlier mentioned that it will maintain coverage workshops, “listening periods” with Indian startups, and the upcoming assembly appears to be according to the announcement.
What’s Google’s new play retailer coverage?
Google’s play retailer billing coverage entails a 30 % price on all in-app purchases of digital items. All funds for in-app purchases of digital items will must be routed via Google’s play retailer billing platform.
Google defines digital items subscriptions for digital content material and providers, buy of gaming characters/lives, amongst different issues.
The coverage will kick in for all builders besides in India from October 2021.
Google has maintained that 97 % of apps that allowed in-app purchases have been already compliant.