Add South Africa To The Google Play Merchant List
At the time of writing this (1/12/2015) , South Africa is not on the list for valid Merchant accounts on Google Play Store and this is quite negative for the software industry in South Africa to develop and sell applications on Android as a platform.
The only options that are left on the Play Store is to make your applications available for free or add advertisements. The problem with advertisements are they make applications very unappealing to most people world wide , reducing the overall success rate of applications because of the negative ratings caused by the advertisements for being a disturbance
South Africa is a country that really could use this opportunity to encourage both accomplished developers and people who are just starting out to create and sell applications or games.
Unemployment in South Africa is very high and software development encourages people to try and make a living for themselves by being creative , creating effective programs and doing what they love most.
Mobile games have a considerably quicker development phase than some pc games or other large console games due to the limits of mobile devices or sometimes the simplicity of the games that can be made for mobile devices and still be fun to play. The Play Store can also act as another front to release games on a platform other than PC or console making it a much more worthy cause to develop the game because the mobile game market is currently doing so well and growing at an exponential rate.
Software and game development communities in South Africa are anxiously waiting for the Merchant Accounts to be available locally. There are threads upon threads on online forums because of this problem , reasons such as trying to find alternative ways to sell applications, but are usually not as successful.
The Play Store is one of the best places, if not the best , to make your software available and sell it , as Play Store is available by default on Android devices. For this reason people in general only use the Play Store or sometimes think that the Play Store is the only outlet for Android applications.
We humbly plead to Google that the mobile application and game developers of South Africa can also get the chance to make applications and be able to make a living from it , by finding a way to enable Merchant Accounts in South Africa.