Match (Tinder) sues Google for abuse of dominant position


Match Group, the parent company of Tinder and OkCupid, filed a lawsuit against Google on Monday, accusing it of abuse of dominance in phones, the latest episode in app makers’ rebellion against the tech giants.

“Google almost completely dominates and controls the Android application distribution market“, the mobile operating system of the overwhelming majority of smartphones in the world, explains Match Group in its press release entitled “End the Google Tax” (“End the Google tax”).

“And he abused his power to the detriment of users and app developers in various ways,” continues the group specializing in dating apps.

Match Group criticizes Google for taking advantage of its dominant position on mobiles to impose rules that it considers unfair, and that it cannot circumvent unless it gives up on the majority of its users.

The company decided to file a complaint because of a recent change in the regulations: until now, some of its applications offered an alternative payment system to that of the Play Store (the platform for downloading apps on Android).

But that possibility will disappear, the lawyers explain in documents filed Monday with a California court.

They ask the court to force Google to let Match offer its alternative for payments in its apps – and thus escape the 15 or 30% commission charged by Google on transactions.

If justice does not intervene, and if “Match Group does not comply with Google’s policy change, Google has made it clear that it will remove Match’s apps from Google Play”, worry the lawyers at the end of the complaint.

They accuse Google of “threatening to sentence Match Group to death, a threat they carried out against another developer, Epic Games”.

In this case, “more than a billion users of Android devices worldwide could no longer have access to Match Group apps”, they detail.

The video game publisher Epic Games (Fortnite), engaged in a legal tussle against Google and Apple in the summer of 2020 for similar reasons. In November, a US federal judge ordered Apple to allow an alternative payment system within the App Store, but also ruled that Epic had failed to prove that Apple violated antitrust law. .

South Korea fined Google last September nearly $180 million for abusing its dominant position in the mobile app market.

Google did not react immediately to a request from AFP.

“Google almost completely dominates and controls the market for the distribution of applications on Android”, the mobile operating system of the overwhelming majority of smartphones in the world, explains Match Group in its press release entitled “End the Google Tax” (” End the Google tax “.”And it has abused its power to the detriment of users and application developers in various ways”, continues the group specializing in dating apps. Match Group accuses Google of taking advantage of its dominant position on mobiles to impose rules that it considers unfair, and which it cannot circumvent unless it gives up on the majority of its users. The company decided to file a complaint because of a recent change in the payment: until now, some of its applications offered an alternative payment system to that of the Play Store (the platform for downloading apps on Android). But this possibility will disappear, explain the lawyers cats in documents filed Monday with a California court. They ask the court to force Google to let Match offer its alternative for payments in its apps – and thus escape the commission of 15 or 30% charged by Google on transactions .If justice does not intervene, and if “Match Group does not comply with Google’s policy change, Google has made it clear that it will remove Match’s apps from Google Play”, worry the lawyers at the end of the complaint. They accuse Google of “threatening to condemn Match Group to death, a threat which they carried out against another developer, Epic Games”. In this case, “more than a billion users of Android devices around the world may no longer have access to Match Group apps”, they detail. The video game publisher Epic Games (Fortnite), engaged in a legal standoff against Google and Apple in the summer of 2020 for similar reasons. In November, a US federal judge ordered Apple to allow an alternative payment system within the App Store, but also ruled that Epic had failed to prove that Apple violated antitrust law. South Korea fined Google last September nearly $180 million for abusing its dominant position in the mobile app market. Google did not immediately react to a request from AFP .

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