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Match Group

, the parent company of

Tinder

, filed a lawsuit in federal court in

San Francisco

on Monday accusing

Google

of abusing monopoly power over its

Play Store

, the app store for

Android

phones .

The litigation comes as part of an ongoing battle by

Match

,

Epic Games

and other companies to force

Google

parent

Alphabet

and

iPhone

maker

Apple

to loosen control of their respective app stores.

Match's lawsuit comes after

Google changed

Play Store

regulations

by requiring its family of apps to use the internet giant's payment system, which charges up to 30% for transactions, the court document explains.

"A Death Sentence"

Google

has been adamant that it will remove

Match

apps from the

Play Store

if they don't comply, Match says in the lawsuit, predicting such a punishment would be a "death sentence."

"This is a case of strategic market manipulation, broken promises, and abuse of power,"

Match

denounced in the lawsuit.

Google

has not commented on the lawsuit but has defended its store fees, arguing that they are consistent with industry standards and reasonable for operating a secure global platform that distributes digital content.

While the

App Store

is the only gateway to installing content on

Apple mobile devices, users of

Android

smartphones or tablets

can download apps at their own risk from platforms outside

of

Google 's

Play Store

.

Match

's lawsuit alleges that despite having alternatives,

Android

device users

use the

Play Store

more than 90% of the time to install content.

Match

is asking the court to order

Google to allow the

Play Store

billing system to be bypassed

in its apps.

It also requests compensation for economic damages and legal fees, the amount of which has not been specified.

Apps involving demand include

OkCupid

,

PlentyofFish

, and

Tinder

.

'Lobby' for the regulation of the 'apps' market

Match

,

Epic Games

and other companies have come together to

lobby

for a fair market.

Apple has also clashed in court with Fortnite maker

Epic Games

, which has sought to undermine

Apple

's control of the

App Store

, accusing it of operating a monopoly on the store.

In November, a federal judge ordered

Apple to relax its

App Store

payment options

, but said

Epic

had been unable to prove antitrust violations.

Apple

CEO

Tim Cook

questioned

the moves to regulate the store in April.

He did so in a rare speech in Washington where he argued that the new rules could threaten the privacy of

iPhone

users .

"We are deeply concerned about regulations that would undermine privacy and security to target another target," Cook told a meeting of

the International Association of Privacy Professionals

.

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