Friday, 03 December 2021 01:27 GMT

Google Korea accused of unfair business practices


(MENAFN) South Korea's corporate regulator has been investigating into Google Korea over its alleged abuse of its leverage over local game developers.

Sources said the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) recently wrapped up a three-week on-site probe at the company's headquarters in Seoul into the allegations that Google has been pressing local game firms to launch their games exclusively on the Google Play platform.

It is the second time that the FTC looked into such allegations against the global entity, as the watchdog interviewed local mobile game developers in April, regarding their business ties with Google.

The latest probe is "somewhat exceptional" given that the FTC generally spends around a week on such probes, the sources said, adding that the watchdog "could have found fresh allegations or pieces of new evidence."

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