The parent company of the dating app Tinder filed a lawsuit against Google in the United States on Monday, alleging that the tech giant abused its market dominance.
"Google dominates and almost completely controls the market for distributing apps" for its Android mobile operating system, the Match Group said.
The group has "abused its power in various ways to the detriment of users and app developers".
Specifically, the point is that Google wants to prohibit app operators from offering alternative payment systems in their programs.
The Match Group wants to legally force Google to allow payment alternatives, which would mean that the group would lose its commissions of up to 30 percent.
Tinder could be ejected from Google Play
If the court doesn't intervene and "Match Group doesn't comply with Google's revised policies, Google has clearly stated that it will remove Match's apps from Google Play," according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco .
In this case, "more than a billion users of Android devices worldwide could no longer have access to Match Group's apps".
Google threatened the Match Group with "death" - "a threat they carried out against another developer, Epic Games".
The game manufacturer Epic Games, which offers "Fortnite" among other things, began a legal dispute against Google and iPhone manufacturer Apple in the summer of 2020 for similar reasons.
Last November, a US federal judge asked Apple to allow an alternative payment system in the App Store.
At the same time, she found that Epic could not prove that Apple had violated competition laws.
While the App Store is the only approved content provider for Apple mobile devices, Android smartphone or tablet users may download apps from online platforms other than the Google Play Store at their own risk.
Google also defends its Play Store fees as industry standard and reasonable for operating a secure, global digital content platform.
Match's lawsuit alleges that despite competing platforms, users download their apps from the Play Store more than 90 percent of the time.Keywords: