Google and Match Group reach temporary agreement on in-app payments

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Match Group, the parent company of Tinder and Hinge, claims “Google in its antitrust battle against the search giant. On Friday, Match withdrew a restraining order after the two sides reached a temporary agreement on in-app payments.

Match filed the order against Google a day later, alleging it violated federal and state antitrust laws. At the center of the dispute is a policy change that Google plans to implement next month. In fall 2020, the company “” announced its position on in-app payments, announcing that it was moving towards requiring all Android developers to process payments involving “digital goods and services” through the billing system. Google Play. Following several expansions, developers have until to comply with the policy.

Match, however, says Google had “previously assured” the company that it could use its own payment system. The company also claims that Google has threatened to remove its apps from the Play Store if Match does not comply with the policy change by the upcoming deadline.

Under their temporary agreement, Google will allow Match apps to remain on the Play Store and not remove them for including other payment systems. Additionally, the search giant agreed to make a “good faith” effort to address Match’s concerns about Google Play billing. Match, in turn, will work to offer Google’s billing system as an option to consumers.

Finally, instead of paying Google a commission on in-app purchases that occur outside of the company’s payment system, Match is establishing a $40 million escrow fund. Starting July 1, Match will keep track of the fees it would normally owe to Google. The fund will remain in place until both sides go to court next April.

Following Match’s announcement, Google accused the company of issuing a “misleading” press release that “misrepresents” the terms of their agreement. “Match Group’s claim that it cannot integrate with Play’s billing system because it lacks key functionality contradicts the fact that Match Group has proactively and successfully used Play’s billing in over 10 of its apps,” Google said. The company added that it will file a countersuit against Match for breaching its developer distribution agreement before their trial in 2023.

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