The popular dating app Tinder’s owner, Match Group, and Google earlier this year agreed to a short-term agreement that would permit the group’s apps to use third-party billing throughout a legal dispute. Google has now responded to Match’s lawsuit, claiming that the organization wants to use the Play Store and all of its services for free.
Numerous well-known dating applications, including Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, and others, are run by Match Group. The group alleges that Google is engaging in anticompetitive behavior in the Play Store, focusing on billing requirements that force app developers to use Google’s billing tools and give the firm up to 30% of Android income.
As previously noted, Google and Match agreed to a provisional arrangement earlier this year under which up to $40 million would be placed in an escrow account throughout the case until a settlement was achieved.
Google has reportedly responded to the complaint with a counterclaim, claiming that Match is seeking to deceive the court by claiming that Google exclusively offers money processing services. Google contends that Match is attempting to exploit all of its resources for free while it offers additional tools and distribution via the Play Store.
It is just untrue, notwithstanding Match Group’s assertion, that Google Play alone handles payment processing. With the help of Google Play’s capabilities and global distribution platform, Match Group has been able to flourish and create a strong user network that is essential for its dating apps. Match Group now wants to harness Google’s significant platform investments to gain free access to Google Play’s users around the world.
Google’s statement is extended by mentioning the new 15% cost and the fact that Android supports sideloading of programs. The business also cites a comment made by a Match VP who claimed that the ease of canceling subscriptions is the company’s biggest issue with Play Store invoicing, not the fact that it is free. TechCrunch cites an previous lawsuit in which Match was sued by the US FTC for fraud in part due to their purposefully complicated subscription cancellation process. The majority of the claims in that lawsuit later became dismissed . Google also made reference to the FTC’s allegations and said that Match executives had previously acknowledged how challenging, time-consuming, and unclear the canceling process is.