BlackBerry removes the money from the store front.
Back in December we heard the news loud and clear. BlackBerry would be shutting down BlackBerry World at the end of 2019. Of course, closing down a store takes a lot of prep. Even a virtual one. Part of that prep is occurring now by changing the store into a free-only model starting April 1st, 2018.
Today BlackBerry Developers were delivered an email informing them of the change. All paid content left on BlackBerry World on March 31st, that has not been switched to “free” by the developer, would be removed from BlackBerry World. All purchasing methods shall be disabled, but developers are still free to monetize their applications on their own Instructions from the email follow;
- For Vendors with only free content, there is no action required for the above described changes. We will continue to host and distribute your free content as we do today.
- You can change your paid content to ‘free’ and re-list the application at any time.
- If you choose to remain on BlackBerry World, you will be able to continue monetizing your application(s), however the payment mechanism will need to live within your application itself. This means any support for payments, refunds, etc. will be supported by you. There will be no required revenue split for Vendors who choose to monetize application(s) on their own.
- Refunds for paid content in BlackBerry World will be supported until April 30, 2018.
- Customers will still be able to access content they paid for prior to the above noted changes.
While this will no doubt be a frustration for developers of paid apps, from a customer point of view, it’s nice to see BlackBerry dealing with this now. I imagine there would be much worse frustration for users who purchase an app shortly before the app store closes and not be left with a reasonable method of support. With this method, if a developer is charging for their app, by their own method, any possible monetary issues will be between the customer and the developer.