Google files a lawsuit that could kick Tinder out of the Play Store

Google has sued Match for damages and a judgment that would see it evict Tinder and the group’s other dating apps from the Play Store. Bloomberg has called. Earlier this year, Match sued Google for alleged antitrust violations over a decision that required all Android developers to process payments for “digital goods and services” through the Play Store billing system.

After the first lawsuit in May, Google and Match reached a temporary agreement that allows Match to stay on the Play Store and use its own payment system. Google also agreed to a good faith effort to resolve Match’s billing issues. Match, in turn, should strive to offer Google’s billing system as an alternative.

However, Google’s parent company Alphabet claims that Match Group now wants to avoid paying “anything at all” to Google, including the 15% to 30% Play Store fees, according to a court filing. “Match Group never intended to honor the agreed terms of the contract … it would also put Match Group in an advantageous position over other app developers,” the document reads.

The Match Group said Google’s Play Store policies violate federal and state laws. “Google doesn’t want anyone else to sue them, so their counterclaims are meant as a warning shot,” Match said Bloomberg in an opinion. “We’re confident that our lawsuit, along with other developers, the U.S. Department of Justice and 37 attorneys general making similar claims, will be decided in our favor early next year.”

Match is related to an antitrust lawsuit launched by states and the federal government last year to investigate Google Play Store fees. Recently, Google lowered its fee on app developer revenue to 15 percent on the first $1 million and 30 percent thereafter. At the same time, it announced it would enforce a policy requiring all developers to process payments through the Play Store’s billing system. Earlier this year, a Senate bill was advanced that would target in-app payments in Google and Apple stores.

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