Match Group Inc., owner of dating services Tinder and OkCupid, has sued Google for not removing its apps from the Play Store. The reason for the dispute is that Match Group wants to use its own payment system in applications and is not willing to pay Google a 30% commission on all user transactions.
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On the other hand Google, on the other hand, threatens to remove apps from the Play Store, forcing developers to use payment systems. Match Group’s petition to the Federal Court of Northern California included the following sentences:
“Ten years ago, Match Group partnered with Google. Now we are its hostages. Even more than the billions of dollars users spend on Android apps each year. Blinded by the opportunity to take a large share, Google has decided to monopolize the market by offering users only one payment method in Android apps.”
Tinder may be removed from Play Store
In response to increasing public pressure, Google has halved the prices for certain app categories in the Play Store. Despite this, the tech giant has previously announced that it is tightening the rules for using its own digital content store and requiring developers to switch to using the company’s payment systems.
According to available data, developers have until 1 June to make the appropriate changes to their product. At the same time, Google reserves the right to remove apps from its store that will continue to use third-party payment systems after June 1.
Commenting on this topic, a Google representative stated that Match Group may use third-party Android app stores to promote its products if it does not comply with the payment system rules.
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