I want to avoid google play and appstore 30% fees the following way:
1.I have a website which sells codes to unlock some app content.
2.Users enter the code inside an app to gain access to content.
3.There will be no links leading FROM the app to a website.
4.The content is a room quest: user scans printed QR codes to start interaction with game object(npc). Inside app are dialogs, inventory, profile and so on. So, it's somewhat mixed, but mostly digital product.
My questions are:
Since there are no purchase IN app, does it count as a InAppPurchase? :)
Is this legal?
If not, will I be catched? As far as I know, google play doesn't rely much on human checks rather than automated checks by neural networks. Apple, on the other hand, does check apps, but since there will be no references to a website (all users are gonna go from website to an app, not vice versa), what's a chance they will find a website itself?
What if I offer the same content inside apps at increased by 30% cost additionally? Will it make it legal?
Apple's official guidelines state that:
If you want to unlock features or functionality within your app, (by way of example: subscriptions, in-game currencies, game levels, access to premium content, or unlocking a full version), you must use in-app purchase. Apps may use in-app purchase currencies to enable customers to “tip” digital content providers in the app. Apps and their metadata may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase.
So, no metadata, buttons, external links or calls to actions included.