Google faces antitrust lawsuit from owner of dating app Match over Play Store charges

OAKLAND, Calif., May 9 (Reuters) – Dating app maker Match Group Inc (MTCH.O) is suing Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL.O) Google on Monday called the action 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 alleged anti-competitive conduct with the Play Store, joining ongoing cases brought by ‘Fortnite’ maker Epic Games, dozens of US state attorneys general and others. .

Google immediately responded to a request for comment on the new filing. But he said developers have the ability to bypass the Play Store, and he has cut fees and created other programs to address antitrust concerns.

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(Reporting by Paresh Dave, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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