Match, the owner of Tinder, says Google will allow other payment systems for now
Match Group Inc said on Friday that Alphabet Inc’s Google would temporarily allow the dating app maker to offer users a choice of payment systems.
Match sued Google earlier in May, calling it a “last resort” to stop Tinder and its other apps from being booted from the Google Play Store for refusing to share up to 30% of sales.
The trial date is currently set for April 2023.
The company said Friday it had withdrawn its request for a temporary restraining order against Google after making a number of concessions that would prevent Match’s apps from being removed from the Play Store for offering alternative payment options.
Match will have to continue integrating Google Play billing during the trial or until the dispute is resolved, Google said.
Match’s lawsuit came amid ongoing cases brought by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, dozens of US attorneys general and others to target Google’s allegedly anti-competitive behavior related to the Play Store. .
Google had said it would block downloads of some of Match’s apps by June 1 unless they only offered Google’s payment system and shared revenue, the lawsuit said.
The majority of users of Match’s most popular app, Tinder, prefer its payment system, which allows for installment plans, bank transfers and other features not provided by Google, according to the lawsuit.
Match said on Friday it plans to deposit up to $40 million in an escrow account, instead of directly paying Google for billing transactions on the Android operating system outside of Google Play Store billing. under the temporary arrangement.
Match also raised concerns about Apple Inc.’s App Store fees and payment policies.
Apple has also come under fire for building its App Store into a “walled garden” intended to extract fees from developers who want users to access the iOS ecosystem.
Google and Apple charge hefty developer commissions and impose controls on software developers, requiring them to pay a fee when in-app payment systems are used.
(Reporting by Tiyashi Datta and Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)
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