Google has announced on Monday plans to permanently shut down the Chrome Web Store “Payments API.”
These are the leading electronic payment systems you can use to avoid paying by cash or credit card.
This is the system that Google was using to handle payments on the Web Store, such as one-time fees, monthly subscriptions, and free trials for commercial Chrome extensions.
The move to shut down the Payments API — and effectively support for Chrome paid extensions — comes after reports of widespread fraud last winter.
Google originally reacted by suspending the ability to publish and update Chrome paid extensions in January, and later temporarily disabled the entire Payments API in March.
Initially, Google promised to crack down on the fraudulent actors, but on Monday, in a surprise announcement, the company did the opposite by shutting down the Web Store payments system instead.
Google is now asking extension developers to migrate their extensions to use a third-party, non-Web Store payments processor.