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Introduction to Third-party In-App Purchase

Last updated on 9/21/2023, 11:56:45 AM

Overview

The AccelByte Gaming Services In-app Purchase (IAP) integration enables you to sync player purchases from third-party platforms, such as PlayStation to AccelByte. That way, any in-app items that are sold and granted to the player from a third-party platform, will also be transferred to our platform, as long as our 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: you will need to use this feature to configure the IAP service, so that AccelByte can make connections with stores from third-party platforms, and sync purchases your players make on them.

  • Third-party Store Integrations: you will need to use this feature to configure the IAP service, so that AccelByte 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 AccelByte 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.

  • Item mapping: use this feature to map Items (including Virtual Currencies) created in your AccelByte 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 the AccelByte platform, to DLC on third-party platforms.

  • DLC Setting: use this feature to map downloaded content (DLC) on the AccelByte platform to DLC on third-party platforms.

Details

Entitlements on AccelByte Gaming Services (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.

Sync durable item entitlement from third-party platforms

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

Sync consumable item Entitlement from 3rd-party platforms

AccelByte uses Item Mapping to connect the Oculus Items to AccelByte 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 AccelyByte.

Service Architecture

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Best Practices

We recommend only adding AccelByte Durable items to purchasable DLC. Avoid virtual currencies or consumable items since we currently only support revoking durable items during third-party platform syncs (in the case of refund or third-party revocation). We recommend only adding AccelByte durable items to purchasable DLC. Avoid virtual currencies or consumable items since we currently only support revoking durable items during third-party platform syncs in the case of refunds or third-party revocations.