Match Group, the parent company of Tinder and Hinge, claims to have ”By Google in its antitrust battle against the search giant. On Friday, Match withdrew a restraining order after the two sides reached an interim payment agreement in the app.
Match filed the lawsuit against Google the day after, claiming it violated federal and state antitrust laws. At the heart of the controversy is a change in policy that Google plans to implement next month. In the fall of 2020, the company “” “position on payments in the application, announcing that it is moving towards requiring all Android developers to process payments involving” digital goods and services “through the Google Play billing system. After many extensions, developers have up to to comply with policy.
However, Match claims that Google “previously assured” the company that it could use its own payment system. The company also claims that Google has threatened to remove its applications from the Play Store if Match does not comply with the policy change by the upcoming deadline.
Under its interim agreement, Google will allow Match applications to remain in the Play Store and will not remove them to include alternative payment systems. In addition, the search giant has agreed to make a “good faith” effort to address Match’s concerns with Google Play Billing. Match, for its part, will work to offer Google’s billing system as an option for consumers.
Finally, instead of paying Google a commission on in-app purchases made outside the company’s payment system, Match created an $ 40 million escrow fund. From July 1, Match will monitor the fees it normally owes Google. The fund will remain in place until both sides go to court next April.
Following Match’s announcement, Google we blame the company published a “misleading” press release that “mischaracterized” the terms of their agreement. “Match Group’s claim that it cannot integrate the Play billing system because it lacks key features contradicts the fact that Match Group actively and successfully uses Play billing in more than 10 of its applications,” Google said. The company added that it will file a counterclaim against Match for violating its Developer Distribution Agreement before their 2023 trial.
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