Some European Developers Not Receiving Payments from Google


Uh-oh. It looks like someone or something has screwed the pooch over at Google – a huge thread full of unhappy European developers is brewing. Google reportedly alerted developers that their payouts for money made on the Google Play Store were sent on March 2nd.

Allowing several days for the bank to clear any funds, they were disappointed to see that they hadn’t cleared by their usual March 7th-8th date. Fast forward to now and they’re still not paid. Developers in Austria, Germany, the UK and more are experiencing these issues but it’s not yet known if this problem extends far beyond Europe, nor is it known how much of the pool of European developers is affected.

It appears that those who use AdMob and AdSense are also missing out on payments this month. Google has been completely silent on the issue – absolutely no word on if the issue is being worked on can be had, nor is it known if Google is even aware.

That’s why we’re doing our part to put it out there and hope to shed a nice, bright spotlight on it all. These are the types of issues which discourage developers from spending too much time on Android, as if general fragmentation wasn’t enough.

The timing is definitely odd. The Google Play Store launched right around this time and its change could have triggered an unforeseen glitch somewhere in the system which prevents developers from seeing their payments. Whatever the case is, let’s hope Google catches wind of this situation before too long, and let’s hope they work diligently to fix it when they do. Thanks to Android Central for the find.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. No payments from either Market/Play or AdMob för us this month (Sweden). Says it’s paid on March 2nd but no money arrived yet. Has sent 3 messages to support. Been ignored by them all.

  2. Hope it gets some attention from Google soon…..good of you to post about it to increase the odds of getting a reply from Google

  3. EU goes after Google, Google dishes it back to the EU.   On a serious note, it’s probably just some hiccup they’re investigating.   

  4. I just hope I get my money soon, I have 0 expectations that the support will actually tell us anything. Considering Google has, by my experience, the worst support ever. Even a non-existing support would be better at least then you know you won’t get help. They only provide an illusion of support, and if by some incredible strike of divine luck you would actually get a response from their support then they will probably do more harm than good…

  5. I’m in Canada and was paid March 6, as about per usual.

    Google pretty much doesn’t respond to developers unless you are large or have some business with them, OTHER than the 30% cut they take, which is equivalent to a 42+% markup.

    Google doesn’t care about piracy much either, despite the hit to their cut. Cheap pirated software is a “feature” of Android. Their server stats show who always returns software or who always has a declined credit card. They don’t get banned.

    And reporting apps for legitimate reasons (IMO) is ignored also.

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