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Google play store policy: Global team to hold first industry meet with Indian developers

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Google play store policy: Global team to hold first industry meet with Indian developers

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Founders of some startups have confirmed that they have received an invite from Google, while a few others said that they had not received any invite.

Google will hold its first industry meeting with Indian app developers and founders of startups this week regarding its play store policy, which received massive backlash over the 30 percent commission proposed for in-app purchases of digital goods.
The company is organising a "Google Play Policy Webinar" on October 21, and one again on November 3, as part of its outreach following complaints by startups, many of whom approached the IT Ministry as well as the Competition Commission of India (CCI) on the issue.
Google's global Play team will address queries and concerns of Indian app developers, a source familiar with the development told CNBC-TV18.
Founders of some startups have confirmed that they have received an invite from Google, but did not want to be identified, while few others said that they had not received it.
Google is believed to have held one-on-one discussions with several startups over the past few weeks to discuss the issue. The tech giant has reached out to players such as PhonePe, Razorpay among others.
"We did speak to Google last week and shared our concerns. We have not been invited to any webinar though," a PhonePe spokesperson said.
This follows Google's announcement on October 5 that it was deferring its policy for Indian app developers by six months to April 2022. The policy will come into effect in other regions from October 2021.
Google had earlier said that it would hold policy workshops, "listening sessions" with Indian startups, and the upcoming meeting seems to be in line with the announcement.
Responding to a query by CNBC-TV18, a Google spokesperson said: “We are committed to working closely with the developer ecosystem, to help them better understand and implement our policies. As conveyed earlier, we are kicking off Policy Workshops with developers across India to enable greater access to our teams, and to also get a deeper understanding of the unique needs of developers in India. These efforts are in line with our objectives to work together with the ecosystem, and grow together.”
What is Google's new play store policy?
Google's play store billing policy entails a 30 percent fee on all in-app purchases of digital goods. All payments for in-app purchases of digital goods will need to be routed through Google's play store billing platform.
Google defines digital goods subscriptions for digital content and services, purchase of gaming characters/lives, among other things.
The policy will kick in for all developers except in India from October 2021.
Google has maintained that 97 percent of apps that allowed in-app purchases were already compliant.
Note: This article has been updated with Google's response.
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