Last week it was reported that South Korea is very close pass a new law this would effectively force Apple and Google to accept third-party payments in their app stores. It seemed like a done deal at the time, but now, according to the latest reports, the passage of the bill has since been delayed.
What is interesting is that there was no mention of why this particular bill was delayed. The agenda of the National Assembly mentions other bills except this one, and it also seems that a new date for the vote on the bill has not yet been set.
The implications would have been enormous if this bill had passed. For about a decade, Apple and Google have run their own app stores as they see fit, with developers having no choice but to agree with the 30% cut Apple and Google are taking on. app sales and in-app purchases.
More recently, developers like Epic have since sued Apple for the 30% cut, and there have been discussions that other governments are considering similar bills. Apple has since tried to appease the public by announcing some changes to its policies, which developers can now announce other purchasing methods, what some argue is still not good enough.