Dating apps maker Match Group on Monday sued Alphabet’s Google, calling the action a “last resort” action to block Tinder and its other apps from being booted from the Play Store for refusing to share up to 30% of their sales. ” where did it go.
Match’s lawsuit follows ongoing cases by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, dozens of US state attorneys general and others targeting Google’s alleged anti-competitive conduct with the Play Store.
Google said Match was attempting to dodge the payment of the significant value it received.
“Like any business, we charge for our services, and like any responsible platform, we protect users from fraud,” Google said. It has said that its payment tool helps prevent scams.
Match’s lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, accuses Google of violating federal and state antitrust laws and seeks to prohibit such behavior.
This is notable because some of the Match apps have been exempt from Google policies for the past decade. Now, Google says it will halt downloads of those apps until June 1 unless they fully offer their own payment system and share revenue, the lawsuit says.
“This lawsuit is a measure of last resort,” said Match’s chief executive Shar Dubey. “We have tried, in good faith, to address these concerns with Google, but their solicitations and threats have left us no choice.”
At stake for the match is what it describes as hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that Google will have to pay.
Most users on Match’s most popular app, Tinder, love its payment system, which allows installment plans, bank transfers, and other features not provided by Google, according to the lawsuit.
Google said developers can bypass the Play Store and has reduced fees and created other programs to address concerns.
Dubey said it was impractical to go around the play.
“It’s like saying, ‘You don’t have to take the elevator to get to the 60th floor of a building, you can always measure the outside wall,'” she said.