The company is introducing Google Checkout today, a service that will allow users to make purchases from online stores using payment and shipping information they keep on file with Google.
The pricing structure should be interesting enough for indie gamers:
Google is charging merchants 20 cents plus 2 percent of the purchase price to process card transactions, less than most businesses pay for credit card processing. Banking industry executives say that credit card processors typically pay MasterCard and Visa a fee of 30 cents and 1.95 percent for every purchase, so Google will be subsidizing many transactions.
With these rates, a $20 game would cost developer $0.60 fee per sold unit, and would bring $19.40 to developer’s pocket. Most eCommerce systems take 10% ($2.00). If Google can add systems for download link, reg keys and anything else that is required for game to be sold, it looks like a good opportunity for indie gamers.