Match Group, parent company of Tinderfiled a lawsuit on Monday in a federal court in San Francisco (United States) accusing Google of abusing monopoly power in its Play Storethe app store for phones Android.
The litigation comes as part of an ongoing battle by Match, Epic Games and other companies to force Alphabetthe parent company of Google, and Apple, the iPhone maker, to relax the control of their respective app stores.
Match’s lawsuit comes after Google changed Play Store rules by requiring its family of apps to use the internet giant’s payment system, which charges up to 30% for transactionsexplained the court document.
Google has been adamant in saying that will remove Match apps from the Play Store -Among them is Tinder- if they do not comply with the norm, Match assured in the lawsuit, and predicted that such a punishment would be a “death warrant”.
“This is a case of strategic market manipulation, broken promises and abuse of power”Match denounced in the lawsuit.
Does the same thing happen to Apple with its App Store?
While the App Store is the only gateway to installing content on Apple mobile devices, users of Android smartphones or tablets, yes you can download applications at your own risk from sites outside the Google Play Store.
Match’s lawsuit argued that, despite having alternatives, users of Android devices they use the Play Store more than 90% of the time to install content.
Match asked the court to order Google allow the billing system to be circumvented Play Store in your applications. Match also seeks compensation for economic damages and legal fees that were not specified.
Apps that match the request include OkCupid, PlentyofFish and Tinder.
Apple has also clashed in court with the maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, who has tried to wrest control of the App Store from Apple, and accuses it of operating a monopoly on the store.
In November, a federal judge ordered Apple to relax its App Store payment options, but said that Epic had been unable to prove antitrust violations..
The CEO of ManzanaTim Cook, questioned in April the measures to regulate the store. He did so in a rare speech in Washington where he argued that the new rules could threaten the privacy of iPhone users.