Google and Match Group reach an agreement: Tinder will no longer leave your Play Store

Google has struck a deal with Match Group , the dating app provider behind Tinder .


Hinge and OkCupid, that will allow its apps to remain on the Play Store while offering alternative payment systems.

Earlier this month, Match Group filed a complaint against Google, alleging that the company “illegally monopolized the app distribution market” by requiring app developers to use Google ‘s billing system and then accepting up to 30% of in-app purchases.

Now, according to The Wall Street Journal , Match Group has lifted its temporary restraining order against Google following a settlement.

What did Match Group and Google agree on?

In addition to Google ‘s promise that it will not block or remove Match Group apps from the Play Store for using third-party payment systems, Google must make a “good faith” effort to create “additional billing system features that are important for MatchGroup”.

Match has also agreed to work to offer Google ‘s billing system as an option in its apps.

Rather than pay Google a fee for payments that occur outside of its billing system, Match has set up a $40 million escrow fund until an official settlement is reached.

Both companies will go to trial in April 2023. In the meantime, Google says it plans to file a countersuit against Match for allegedly violating its Developer Distribution Agreement.

Google and Apple have come under fire for their app store policies from both developers and government regulators in several countries.