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Do i need a Google Merhcant Account?

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Hello everyone, i have a few questions about the Google Merchant Account creation process. I am planning on releasing an application on the Play Store for Free* but it will -sometime in the future(possibly)- include in-game purchases for certain additional features of my app and -for sure but in the future- a donate page where people can donate money to me so that i  can keep on working on the application.

 

My question is this, do i need a Google Merchant Account if i want to let's say, only add the Donate part to my app ?

 

Another question is, do i need one if i want to implement both of these features previously mentioned?

 

And my last question is : I saw while trying to create a merchant account that i had to fill in some business legal info. What do they mean by that? I mean, it's just me and not a whole company, what do i need to know about these info fields that i may need to fill in?

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my question and i am looking forward to some replies Smiley Very Happy !

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Do i need a Google Merhcant Account?

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the google-play forum is currently here:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/play

unfortunately, this is the wrong forum.

google-play, apps, and in-app-purchaes, do relate to a merchant-account --
but this forum is for merchant-center-accounts for buying ads from google.

 

a google-merchant-account is different

from a google-merchant-center-account.

see also
https://developer.android.com/distribute/best-practices/launch/index.html
https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer#topic=3450769
https://support.google.com/payments/merchant/answer/7159408
https://support.google.com/payments/merchant/answer/7161649
https://support.google.com/payments/merchant/contact/phone