Match Group, the parent company of the dating app companies, claims to have won concessions from the search giant in its antitrust battle. Match withdrew a restraining order after the two sides came to an agreement on in-app payments.
One day after it sued the company, Match filed an order against it. A policy change that will be implemented next month is at the center of the dispute. In the fall of 2020, the company clarified its stance on in-app payments and said it was moving toward requiring all developers to process payments through the company. Developers have until June 1st to comply with the policy.
Match claims that the company was assured that it could use its own payments system. The company claims that if Match didn't comply with the policy change by the deadline, the Play Store would be removed.
Match apps will be allowed to remain on the Play Store, even if they include alternate payment systems. Additionally, the search giant has agreed to make a good faith effort to address Match's concerns. Match will make an effort to offer the billing system to consumers.
Instead of paying a commission on in-app purchases that occur outside of the company's payment system, Match is establishing a $40 million escrow fund. Match will keep a record of the fees it would have normally owed. The two sides will go to court in April.
Match Group was accused of publishing a press release that misrepresented the terms of their agreement. The company said it would file a countersuit against Match for violating its Developer Distribution Agreement.