Court request sees Google allow Tinder-owner Match to use alternative payment systems

Dating app maker Match Group said on Friday it had withdrawn its request for a temporary restraining order against Google after the Play Store operator admitted it would allow the group to temporarily offer users a choice of payment systems.

The announcement features the outcome of an ongoing trial, with the trial date currently set for April 2023.

Match, the owner of Tinder, sued Google earlier in May after being told it had to remove its apps from the Play Store by June 1 because the dating app maker refused to share up to 30% sales, as required by Google’s Developer Distribution Agreement. Match went on to say that his legal action was “a measure of last resort”.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in California, alleged that Google violated its mandate requiring certain app developers to use Google Play Billing to process payments.

Match added in his statement that under the temporary deal he will put up to $40 million into an escrow account, rather than paying Google for billing transactions on the Android operating system outside of it. Google Play Store billing.

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The Match Group said that over the past decade, Google has used “bait and switch tactics” that have “exploited” app developers. The group added that Google falsely claimed to support developers by paying competitors not to enter the market.

“Ten years ago, Match Group was Google’s partner. We are now its hostage,” Match Group told the court at the time.

“Google made Google Play the only viable Android app marketplace…but that wasn’t enough for Google. It also wanted to control the much more lucrative in-app payment processing market on Android,” Match Group added.

Google hit back at Match Group, saying the statement released by the Tinder owner was “misleading” and “misrepresents what happened in the proceedings.”

The Play Store operator noted that the group had “successfully used the billing system in over 10 of its apps”, and raised “hundreds of millions in consumer revenue in over 50 countries through Google Play billing last year”.

Google added that it would file a countersuit against the Match Group on the grounds that the dating app maker breached its obligations under the Developer Distribution Agreement and “to ensure that Google Play remains a trusted destination for users”.

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