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Google faces antitrust lawsuit from owner of dating app Match over Play store fees

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OAKLAND, Calif., May 9 (Reuters) – Dating app maker Match Group Inc (MTCH.O) sued Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Monday, calling it a “last resort” to stop Tinder and its other apps to be kicked out of the Play Store for refusing to share up to 30% of their sales.

Match’s lawsuit is the latest to target Google’s allegedly anti-competitive behavior with the Play Store, joining ongoing cases brought by “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, dozens of US attorneys general and others.

Google did not immediately comment on the new filing. But he said developers had the ability to bypass the Play Store, and he had cut fees and created other programs to address antitrust concerns. Read more

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Match’s lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in California, accuses Google of violating federal and state antitrust laws and seeks to prohibit such behavior.

It’s remarkable that some of its apps have been exempt from Google’s policies for about a decade. Now Google says it will block downloads of these Match apps by June 1 unless they only offer its payment system and share revenue, the lawsuit says.

“This lawsuit is a measure of last resort,” Match chief executive Shar Dubey said in a statement. “We tried, in good faith, to resolve these issues with Google, but their insistence and threats left us no choice.”

At stake for Match is what it describes as hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that should instead go to Google.

Match said the majority of users of its most popular app, Tinder, prefer its payment system, which enables installment plans, bank transfers and other features not provided by Google, according to the lawsuit.

Dubey also said going around Play wasn’t viable.

“It’s like saying, ‘you don’t have to take the elevator to get to the 60th floor of a building, you can always climb the outside wall,'” she said.

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Reporting by Paresh Dave, editing by Rosalba O’Brien and Richard Pullin

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