Indian Startups Meet CCI To Flag Google’s Antitrust Practices

The fight between startups in India and Google over the app store monopoly continues, with a group of startups reportedly knocking on the doors of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). A group comprising 15 startups reportedly held a meeting virtually with the CCI to complain about Google’s anti-competitive practices in the country.

There has been rising discontent against Google’s practices, which came to the fore after it announced that it will be enforcing a 30% commission on in-app purchases of digital goods. The policy, which was to be implemented in September 2021, has since been deferred till March 31, 2022.

The meeting reportedly had Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founders of BharatMatrimony, MapMyIndia, TrulyMadly, and nCore Games.

According to the Economic Times, the points of contention for startups are that allowing payments only through Google Play creates a monopoly, removing real money gaming apps violates Indian law and that it removes apps from the Play Store for violations without proper notice.

“With more than 95% of India’s digital population accessing the Internet through Google, this strategy of having an OS and Play Store, together gives Google an advantage over other app stores and operating systems. Hence, we have requested them to look into this matter,” one of the founders present at the meeting told Mint.

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