South Korea fines Google $32M over mobile gaming

SEOUL, April 11 (UPI) -- Google was fined $31.8 million in South Korea on Tuesday for alleged unfair business practices leading to its dominance in the country's mobile gaming application market.

In fining Google, South Korea's Fair Trade Commission asserted the contracts the company entered into with the nation's mobile game developers between June 2016 and April 2018 were prejudicial.

In 2016, Korea's three major mobile carriers joined hands with the country's top search engine company Naver to set up One Store, a domestic rival app to Google Play.

The anti-trust watchdog has deemed that Google's restrictive contracts prohibited the game operators from releasing their content on One Store.

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The KFTC said Google furthered its cause by helping the games issued by compliant operators stand out in its Play Store app, as well as by providing ot
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