Google Play Pausing Google Play's billing system in Russia: users will unable to use some features

Google Play Pausing Google Play's billing system in Russia: users will unable to use some features

Google Play Store and YouTube consumers in Russia could soon lose access to premium services. Because payments on the Play Store will be suspended
Pausing Google Play's billing system in Russia
Google Play's billing system in Russia (image-unsplash)

Google Play Store and YouTube consumers in Russia could soon lose access to premium services. Because payments on the Play Store will be suspended in the nation, users will be unable to purchase new applications or games, pay for current subscriptions, or use in-app purchases. This is because of recent limitations imposed by Russia in the aftermath of its invasion of Ukraine.

"We're now extending this delay to all our monetization options, including YouTube Premium, Channel Memberships, Super Chat, and Merchandise, for viewers in Russia," according to a statement from YouTube. Russian YouTube channels will be able to continue generating material and earning revenue from visitors outside of Russia. 

As a result of the incident, a number of firms have left Russia. Take, for example, Visa and MasterCard. Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and Apple, to name a few, have all ceased selling their devices in the nation, and that's only the beginning. Following Ubisoft, PlayStation has discontinued selling its hardware and software in Russia. These are just a few examples of what has occurred since the invasion began.

Free applications on the Google Play Store will continue to be available in Russia, as will any apps that were purchased before to the payment system outage. It's unknown how long these limits will last, and there's no sign of the Ukraine war ending anytime soon, so they might stay in place for a bit longer.