Google has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit with small app developers who alleged the tech giant violated federal antitrust laws.
As reported by Reuters, Google will pay $90 million, to be split among US-based app developers. The lawsuit claimed that Google Play Store policies required developers to use the storefront’s billing system, which imposed a 30% fee on all transactions In response to the lawsuit, Google announced in 2021 that it would not charge developers only charge 15% on the first $1 million in revenue generated by the Google Play Store each year.
In a blog post detailing the settlements, Wilson White, Google’s vice president of government affairs and public policy, notes that the $90 million Google agrees to pay to settle the lawsuit would go to a fund. If the court approves the proposed settlement, access to the fund will be made available to app developers who generated annual revenue of $2 million or less between 2016 and 2021.
“A large majority of US developers who have earned revenue through Google Play will be eligible to receive money from this fund, if they choose,” White notes in the blog post. “If the Court approves the settlement, eligible developers will be notified and permitted to receive a distribution from the fund. »
The lawsuit follows a similar lawsuit against Apple, which was settled in August 2021, where the iPhone maker agreed to pay US app developers $100 million. This settlement also saw Apple clarify its policies, allowing iOS developers to now contact customers and let them know about payment options available outside of the App Store (and bypassing the App Store’s 30% fee). ‘Apple).
Taylor is an Associate Technical Writer at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.