Tinder Says Google to Allow Alternate Payment Systems for Now

Match Group Inc. said that Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc. will temporarily allow the dating app maker to offer users an option in payment systems. Match sued Google earlier in May, calling the action a “last resort” to prevent Tinder and its other apps from booting from the Google Play Store for refusing to share up to 30% of sales.

The trial date is currently set for April 2023.

The company said Friday that it withdrew its application for a temporary restraining order against Google after it made a number of concessions that would prevent Match apps from being removed from the Play Store to offer alternative payment options.

Google said the match will have to continue to integrate Google Play billing during the trial or until the dispute is settled.

Match’s lawsuit came against the backdrop of ongoing cases brought by Fortnite specialist Epic Games, dozens of US attorneys general and others to target Google’s alleged anti-competitive behavior related to the Play Store.

The lawsuit alleges that Google said it will ban downloads of some Match apps by June 1 unless they provide only Google’s payment system and co-profits.

The majority of users of the most popular Match app, Tinder, prefer its payment system, which allows installment plans, bank transfers and other features that Google does not provide, according to the lawsuit.

Match said Friday that it plans to put up to $40 million in escrow, rather than paying Google directly for Android billing transactions outside of Google Play Store billing, as part of the interim agreement.

Match has raised concerns about App Store fees and Apple Inc’s payment policies, too.

Apple has also been criticized for building its App Store in a “walled garden” aimed at charging developers who want to reach users on the iOS ecosystem.

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Google and Apple charge developers huge commissions and impose controls on software developers, forcing them to pay an amount when using in-app payment systems.

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