According to a legal document obtained by Reuters, Match Group, the company that owns Tinder, has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple (AAPL.O) with the Indian competition watchdog, accusing it of engaging in “monopolistic conduct” by requiring developers to pay high commissions for in-app purchases.
Match’s July petition adds to two previous cases in India, where Apple is defending itself against a slew of antitrust claims, despite the fact that Match is the first foreign company to do so against the iPhone maker. A spokesman for Match declined to comment on its complaint, and neither Apple nor the Competition Commission of India (CCI) responded to Reuters’ inquiries.
Tinder Owner Filed An Anti-Trust Case Against Apple
Tinder claims Apple’s practices limit innovation and growth of app developers who provide digital services by requiring the use of its proprietary in-app purchase mechanism and “excessive” 30% commission in the previously unreported India lawsuit.
Following a similar battle in the Netherlands, Apple was fined 50 million euros and agreed to enable several payment options in Dutch dating applications. The American behemoth has long required usage of its in-app payment mechanism, which levies commissions that some developers, like Match, have complained are excessively high globally.
Tinder. in its India petition, claims that users in other countries frequently prefer to utilize payment methods that Apple does not approve of, and that in India, an online transfer mechanism supported by the government is favored. The CCI in India began looking into claims made by a local non-profit organization in December, alleging that Apple’s in-app purchase system restricts entry into the market and reduces competition by increasing costs for app developers and users.
The watchdog launched the investigation after Apple denied any wrongdoing and claimed Android, developed by Google, held a 90–100% market dominance in India, where it has an “insignificant” 0-5% market share.
Three persons with knowledge of the hearings claim that the inquiry will now cover each of the three distinct cases that have been brought against Apple.