Amazon is reducing its commission rate on the Amazon Appstore to 20% for developers making less than $ 1 million, but it also offers AWS credits that can further offset the rate.
That’s higher than the 15% cut offered by the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, but Amazon also offers promotional credits from Amazon Web Services that could effectively lower commission rates to 10%.
According to Amazon, the promotional credits will equal 10% of a developer’s income and allow him to “reap the benefits of building in the cloud.” Developers will be able to add their AWS account ID to the Appstore portal and credits will be sent monthly. However, credits expire 12 months after the grant date.
In addition to developers who made less than $ 1 million in revenue in the previous calendar year, developers who are new to the Amazon Appstore are also eligible for the program.
Amazon Appstore is an alternative Android app marketplace operated by Amazon. It’s also the standard app store for Amazon’s own Fire OS operating system. Google Play is not installed by default, but the crash can be overcome relatively easily.
Apple was the first large technology company to offer a reduced commission to smaller developers. The App Store Small Business program launched in November 2020 amid increased antitrust scrutiny, though Apple executives have said the program was in the works for years.
Google followed suit in March 2021, reducing its own 30% cut from in-app and in-app purchases to 15% on the first $ 1 million of revenue made on the Google Play Store.
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