Apple to Allow Alternative Payment Systems For Purchases Within App Store For South Korea

Apple will let App Store developers offer alternative payment systems to the previously required inbuilt Apple payments system in South Korea after the country passed a law that bans app store operators from requiring developers to use their own in-app purchase systems.

South Korea National Flag and Apple App Store Logo On A Blue Background
Apple still plans to charge a reduced fee on purchases made through alternative payment systems

Although the law does restrict store holders from not providing other payment methods, it does not require the owners to provide free alternatives, Apple plans to charge a reduced fee on purchases that have been made through alternative payment methods, however it is unclear how much this rate will be.

"We look forward to working with the KCC and our developer community on a solution that benefits our Korean users" - Apple

Apple said in a statement shared with The Korea Herald that it "has a great deal of respect for Korea's laws and a strong history of collaboration with the country's talented app developers. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place for our users to download the apps they love."

In a similar move during November, Google announced it would also let developers offer alternative in-app billing systems in its Play Store in South Korea, and said it would reduce its fee for alternative payment systems by four percentage points.

For the "vast majority" of developers, Google said its fee would drop from 15% for transactions through Google Play's billing system to 11% for transactions through an alternate billing system.