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Match Group Scores Major Victory Over Play Store Billing 

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Google’s legal battle with Tinder-owner Match Group over Play Store billing has received a significant setback. Match said in a press release that Google will relax some of its billing requirements, thus allowing apps like Hinge, Tinder, etc, to remain on the Play Store. Google will also have to “approve Match Group app updates,” the statement says.

Match Group sued Google earlier this month over the enforcement of the new Play Store billing policy

Match Group issued a press release confirming that it has withdrawn the request for a temporary restraining order on Google. “Google made various concessions that Match Group demanded to benefit consumers,” Match Group said (via Android Central).

“Those include guaranteeing that Match Group apps will still be allowed to offer users choice in payment systems, lessening the undue burden on developers by its previously stated policy, and eliminating Google’s complete control over user data.”

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Google was aggressively pushing to enforce its revised Play Store billing system. However, Match Group sued the company in a California federal court earlier this month. The Play Store billing policy revision would require all developers to process in-app payments through Google’s billing system. But thanks to the concessions made by Google, Match Group’s apps will stay on the Play Store, even if they “offer alternatives to Google Play Billing.”

Match said it would deposit $40 million in an escrow account rather than paying Google directly for transactions made outside the Play Store. Any fees for payments made outside the Play Store “are illegal under federal and state law,” the developer added.

Epic Games has also sued Google over Play Store billing

Match Group isn’t the only entity to take on Google’s Play Store billing rules. Fortnite creator Epic Games sued the company a couple of years ago for removing the popular battle royale game. Google then countersued Epic over breach of contract, saying that the developer was “unjustly enriched at Google’s expense.”

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As per court documents made available last year, Google was internally discussing the possibility of acquiring Epic Games. However, it didn’t go much further than that, thus continuing the prolonged legal battle. Epic was also fighting it out in the courtrooms with Apple, although it lost that battle.