Google fined $113 million for anti-competitive practices in India The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has used its dominance to force app developers to use the in-app payment system instead of allowing the US company to use third-party companies.
The regulator pointed out that this is the main way for platform developers to monetize their work from in-app sales.
A Google spokesperson said the order could be appealed in an Indian court, and the company is reviewing the decision and considering next steps.
The company was ordered to take 8 solutions or operational adjustments within three months. This includes banning “app developers from using any third-party payment/payment processing services, for in-app purchases,” read the CCI order.
The investigation into the way Google operates in the payments market began in 2020 following an antitrust case. According to a law firm representing the complainant, the order will help competition and reduce costs for app developers.
This is the second fine that Google has received in India in less than a week. Last Thursday, it was ordered to pay $162 million ($13.38 billion INR) for anti-competitive practices, including tying Chrome and YouTube to Android, and restricting users from uninstalling pre-installed apps like Maps and Gmail.