While Epic was able to point out Paddle charges 10 percent or less for its app payments platform and isn’t allowed on Google Play, Google quickly turned things around:
“Paddle has a financial interest in Epic winning its lawsuit, doesn’t it? If Epic wins, you’d be able to compete to win tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, right?”
“That would be my hope,” says Owens.
Google went on to use Paddle to help advance its argument that app platforms deserve more money than simple payment processors, having Owens admit that it charges more than PayPal or Stripe because it offers more services.
And that Paddle, unlike Google, doesn’t offer parental controls, budgets, and the ability to save payment info from different developers.