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Developers can still sell and receive payment through Google Play, but a permanent solution isn't yet available

Backtracking on its previous statement that it would stop allowing developers in Argentina sell paid apps in Google Play, Google is extending the deadline to an undetermined date in the future. Google initially gave developers based in the country one month's notice that after June 27th, 2013 it would stop allowing them to accept payments for apps in the Play Store, regardless of the country which the purchaser was located. At the time nothing more than speculations of government regulation were to blame for the sudden change, and it doesn't look to be getting any clearer now.

In an update to its support article regarding the shutdown today, Google briefly explained that it will continue offering developers registered in Argentina the ability to make paid apps and receive payment through Google Play while they "explore more permanent solutions." While Google indicates that it will offer updates on the status of the potential shutdown going forward, there's no doubt that this will have some cooling effect on development coming out of the country.

Source: Google Support

 
There are 3 comments

Gawain says:

What is the background behind the initial decision back in May? Is this just a Google business decision or is there some political thing at work?

Rayonic says:

Argentina's recent currency control laws make it hard to move money into and out of the country. Google for "Argentina foreign exchange controls" if you want to find some articles about it.

But the details almost don't matter. Every once in a while some idiots think they can outsmart the economy; if only they could squeeze hard enough.

NoNexus says:

Political thing though I forget the details

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