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(Last Updated On: October 13, 2020)

Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been approached by 15 startup founders in order to let them know about Google’s anti-competitive policies in India.

A virtual meeting was held with the CCI in order to make a complaint against the company after the latest infliction of Google’s Play Store billing system on Indian developers.

Some of the company founders that were at the meeting were from nCore Games, Map My India, and Bharat Matrimony.

Some of their complaints were that the tech giant took a 30% commission for selling digital goods and services through its platform.

They also said that the company had an unfair advantage over its rivals as phones that included its Android Operating System (OS) are already loaded along with the Play Store app distribution platform.

This market dominance causes developers in India “to build and change apps based on its OS and app store.”

One of the founders that were at the meeting said, “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.”

Written communication will be sent by the startup founder to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and CCI after putting together the industry’s views on the matter.

This would be the fifth case against Google in India if the lawsuit from CCI takes place.


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