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Google Reaches Billing Agreements With Match Group, Bandcamp

However other sellers have not been so fortunate.

Google has actually chosen to let Match Group and Bandcamp continue to utilize their own payment techniques instead of needing them to execute the Google Play Shop’s billing system.

The business stated previously this year that Android apps dispersed by means of the Play Shop would need to utilize Google’s billing system by June 1. Some business, consisting of Barnes & Noble and Amazon, reacted by eliminating buy from their Android apps completely.

Bandcamp’s brand-new moms and dad business, Impressive Games, and Match Group took a various tack. The business independently challenged Google’s choice in court—Impressive Games(Opens in a brand-new window) on April 28 and Match Group(Opens in a brand-new window) on May 9—so they might keep utilizing their current payment systems.

The business revealed on May 20 that they’d reached contracts to do precisely that.

“Under an agreement encouraged by the court,” Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond stated(Opens in a brand-new window), “Bandcamp will continue to operate using our existing payment system on Android devices.”

However there’s a catch: Bandcamp will need to “place 10% of the revenue generated from digital sales on Android devices in escrow until Epic’s ongoing case against Google is resolved,” Diamond stated, and the business will bear those expenses instead of passing them on to anybody.

Google’s contract with Match Group seems more sweeping. Match Group stated(Opens in a brand-new window) that:

  • Match Group apps will not be declined or gotten rid of from the Google Play Shop due to the fact that they provide options to Google Play Billing.

  • Google will authorize Match Group app updates that provide options to Google Play Billing, continuing to offer users with the option and optionality they have actually grown familiar with.

  • Google will work – in excellent faith – to repair the shortages of Google Play Billing, laid out HERE(Opens in a brand-new window). When Google addresses these issues, Match Group apps that presently do not provide Google Play Billing will – in excellent faith – test Google’s system on their platforms, together with present payment systems.

However this contract features a comparable stipulation. “As part of this arrangement, Match Group plans to put up to $40 million into an escrow account,” the business stated, “instead of paying Google directly for billing transactions that occur on Android outside of Google Play Billing.”

All of which implies that Match Group and Bandcamp have actually scored a short-lived success at best. Now it depends on the courts to choose if Google will be permitted to require these business—and other Android software application companies—to utilize its billing system rather of preserving their own.

Google didn’t right away react to an ask for remark.


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