Have you ever known that one of the greatest app store called Google Play was restricted to Iranian users? I bet you have not.Although, Google Play Store has been opened to Iranian users recently.
But here is the point: So, what were they doing those days of limitation? The answer: CafeBazaar is here.
CafeBazaar, founded by Hessam Armandehi, is a local app store for Iranian users who are using android devices.The aim was not just enabling people to download and use apps, also they can make money.The main probem of Iranian users besides restriction is that they cannot have an developer account and sell their apps officialy.It is because of the banking problem.However, there are many unofficial way that they use today for that.
CafeBazaar has also an android app that is more famous that its website.I can say that It is a combination of popular international applications and Iranian ones.You as an developer can apply your application and after a period of checking you can sell your local application and If your credit amount reach to 300,000 Toman(Approximately $100), they would take 30 percent of money and then they transfer rest of your revenue.In Addition, you can see the the reports of your app such as revenue chart and etc.
On July 2014, A report has been published by World Startup Report on The Economist that showed CafeBazaar is the third biggest internet company with $20M market valuation in Iran.
Some problems with that are that all of international apps do not publish as much fast as Google Play does.I said above you cannot find any apps on it but popular apps such as Facebook, Twitter and etc.Other problem is that the checking process lasts almost 5 working days.This process lasts just a couple of hours in Google Play Store.
Today, Google Play Store is open to downloading in Iran but the banking problem is still exist.