According to a source familiar with the matter, Walt Disney has approached a state court in India as part of an ongoing legal challenges against Google in-app billing system. This information was revealed on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.
The legal dispute stems from an inquiry initiated by India’s competition watchdog in May. Several companies had raised concerns that the service fee imposed by Google for in-app payments violated an earlier antitrust directive. The investigation aimed to determine whether Google’s practices were anti-competitive.
Google, recognizing India as a significant growth market, had previously defended its service fee, stating that it supports investments in the Google Play app store and the Android mobile operating system. The company argued that the fee ensures the distribution of these platforms for free and covers the costs of developer tools and analytic services.
Walt Disney challenges Google Over in-app billing system suggests that the issue has broader implications for the industry. As the case unfolds, it will be interesting to see how the court proceedings and potential rulings shape the future of in-app payments in India and beyond.