The Jakarta Post
The logo of GoPay by Go-Jek. (Courtesy of/Go-Pay)
GoPay e-wallet, a subsidiary of Go-Jek's, has officially become an option to buy applications, games and in-app purchases on Google Play.
The electronic money platform is expected to ease Indonesian users with Android smartphones.
“GoPay completes the payment options in Google Play, which previously was dominated by credit card payments, whereas only a small number of Indonesians have credit cards,” Timothius Martin, SVP digital product of GoPay, said in a statement.
He expected that young smartphone users who do not have access to credit cards could purchase Google Play applications with GoPay to ease their daily activities.
He also said the collaboration was urged by the shopping potential on Google Play.
According to a release from Go-Jek, Indonesians' consumption for mobile apps in 2018 stood at US$313.6 million. Google Play has seen an increase of app installation of 16.4 percent since the beginning of the year.
Games are still the main attraction for Google Play users, who make application purchases or in-app purchases.
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Game enthusiast Ahmad Syauqi of Poris, Tangerang, said he was excited when he found a link on the Go-Jek app to top-up his Steam Wallet, an electronic wallet used to purchase games.
“This makes purchasing easier for me, as there were a number of times I could not buy games or in-app purchases because I don’t have a credit card,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
Though Syauqi acknowledged he could pay with phone credit, he said he was not familiar with the platform and he found the purchasing procedure complicated.
Instead of buying official games, he chose to download the pirated versions in the past. He admitted he felt morally conflicted, not to mention that the pirated games also came with bugs and late updates.
“I like games made by independent developers and I want to support them, but I didn’t have any option to purchase the games. Now, it will be easier for me,” he said. (wng)