Match Group, which operates dating apps such as Tinder and OkCupid, alleged that Google breaks federal and state laws and abuses its power with a requirement that app developers use its billing system on Android devices.
“Ten years ago, Match Group was Google’s partner. We are now its hostage,” Match Group said in a complaint filed Monday in northern California federal court. “Blinded by the possibility of getting an ever-greater cut of the billions of dollars users spend each year on Android apps, Google set out to monopolize the market for how users pay for their Android apps.”
In response to public pressure, Google has halved its 30% fee for some apps. But the company said it would tighten its rules that require the use of its billing system for in-app purchases, citing security concerns. Google gave a June 1 deadline to comply or be removed from its Play Store.
Not Match Group, apparently. “This lawsuit is a measure of last resort,” Chief Executive Officer
In the filing, Match Group said that it asked Google to adopt this new “user billing” feature but Google refused.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement that Match would still be able to reach consumers through other app stores available on Android devices or the web. “This is just a continuation of Match Group’s self-interested campaign to avoid paying for the significant value they receive from the mobile platforms they’ve built their business on,” the spokesperson said. “Like any business, we charge for our services, and like any responsible platform, we protect users against fraud and abuse in apps.”
Match is forecasting $42 million in additional costs for Google’s Play Store during 2022, chief financial officer
Match Group, which was spun off from
The case is Match Group LLC v. Google LLC, 22-cv-02746, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
(Updates with comments from Google in ninth paragraph. An earlier version of the story corrected a description of Match Group to note it was spun off from IAC/InterActive Corp.)
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