Today, Google opened Google Play merchant registration for eight new territories. Developers residing in Greece, Luxembourg, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam can now apply for a merchant account with Google Play, which will allow them to collect money for paid apps in local their local currency.

Prior to this change, developers in these regions were able to publish free software to Google Play, but weren’t allowed to offer paid versions of their apps. Today’s new expansion brings the number of Google Play merchant supported countries to 45.

We’re definitely happy to see more developers get an opportunity to earn money for their hard work, however it’ll be interesting to see just how many new paid versions of popular free apps hit Google Play in the coming weeks.

(via Google Support)