Google files legal action against Match and could possibly exclude Tinder from Play Store It counters attacks Match Group on in-app payments

Search engine giant is fighting back Match, which owns a number of online dating platforms including Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge, alleging that Match is trying to “gain an unfair advantage over other game developers”. apps” and pays nothing to use the Google Play Store, according to the complaint. Google’s lawsuit comes just two months after Match Group filed its own lawsuit against Google, accusing Play Store of acting as a monopoly by taking a percentage of in-app purchases. Spotify and Epic Games, owner of “Fortnite”, have also filed complaints against Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

Earlier this year, Match Group filed a lawsuit against Google for violating antitrust laws over a ruling that required all Android developers to process payments for digital goods and services through Play’s billing system. Store. Following the first lawsuit in May, a temporary agreement was reached between Google and Match. This agreement allows Match to remain on Play Store. It also allows the company to use its own payment system. Additionally, Google has also given the green light to make a good faith effort to resolve Match’s billing issues. in turn, Match had to make an effort to offer Google’s billing system as an alternative.

However, according to Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Match Group now wants to avoid paying “nothing at all”. According to court filings, this includes the 15-30% Play Store Match fee. The documents indicate that Match Group never intended to honor the contractual terms it agreed to. Also, it is said that compared to other app developers, Match Group will be in an advantageous position.

The legal saga between Google and the developers continues

Match Group is one of many mobile apps, including Spotify and “Fortnite’s” parent Epic Games, that have claimed Google’s Play Store and Apple’s app store are monopolies. Google and Apple take a 15-30% developer commission when users make in-app purchases from an Android or iPhone. Google allows users to bypass its Play Store and download apps in a practice called “sideloading”, but Apple requires apps to use its app store exclusively.

Google’s counterattack counters Match Group’s accusations. A Google spokesperson said: “Match Group has entered into a contract with us and this legal action seeks to enforce Match on its side of the agreement – we look forward to making our case.” In the meantime, we will continue to defend ourselves against Match’s baseless allegations.

In a statement, Match said the counterattack is a prime example of monopoly where the company uses its power to scare other developers into submission. Counterclaims are used by Google as a red flag because it doesn’t want anyone else to pursue them…

Match claims Google’s Play Store rules violate federal and state laws. The tech company is confident that early next year the lawsuit will be resolved in its favor. Match is referring to an antitrust action launched last year by the states and the federal government, which examine the prices of the Google Play Store.

Source: Complaint

And you?

Do you think Google and Apple have the right to take a commission for apps hosted on App Store and Google Play that make sales? To what extent?
What do you think about forcing them to let the applications hosted on their platforms offer third-party payment systems?

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