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Introduction to Third-party In-App Purchase

Last updated on July 15, 2024


The AccelByte Gaming Services (AGS) In-app Purchase (IAP) integration enables you to sync player purchases from third-party platforms, such as PlayStation to AGS. That way, any in-app items that are sold and granted to the player from a third-party platform, will also be transferred to the AGS platform, as long as the AGS platform has the proper ID for the item. Items that can be sold include coins, bundles, loot boxes, option boxes, and in-game items. These items can be consumable or durable.

Key concepts

  • Third-party Store Integrations: use this feature to configure the IAP service, so that AGS can make connections with stores from third-party platforms, and sync purchases your players make on them.
  • Item mapping: use this feature to map Items (including Virtual Currencies) created in your AGS Store, to items on third-party platforms. In-game character skins should be considered as durable items, while in-game virtual currencies, or potions, should be treated as consumable items.
  • DLC Setting: use this feature to map downloaded content (DLC) on AGS to DLC on third-party platforms.


Entitlements on AGS can be divided into two categories: durable item entitlement and consumable item entitlement. Items synced from third-party platforms are also normally mapped to these two categories.

Synchronize durable item entitlement from third-party platforms

AGS provides DLC Settings to map the player-owned durable item to AGS via DLC Reward configurations and DLC Item Mapping, then by using Durable-item Sync endpoints, the DLC is synced to AGS entitlements on the player's account.

Synchronize consumable item Entitlement from third-party platforms

AGS uses Item Mapping to connect the Oculus Items to AGS Items. Since these items are usually considered as consumable items, Consumable-item sync endpoints will be used and the sync process will consume the entitlements on third-party platforms and transfer the entitlements to AGS.

Service architecture

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Best practices

When integrating third-party in-app purchases, we recommend focusing on adding only AGS Durable items to purchasable DLC. While we support automatic revocation of durable items in the event of refunds or third-party revocations, revocation of virtual currencies and consumable items requires careful consideration:

  1. Durable Items: Automatically revoked upon refund or third-party revocation when synced with AGS.
  2. Virtual Currency and Consumables:
    • If included as part of a durable item bundle in DLC Mapping, they can be revoked upon refund.
    • If mapped as standalone consumables, they are not automatically revoked and may require manual intervention unless specific revocation rules are established.