Tag Archives: in app payments

FTC sues Amazon over in-app payments

The US government is taking Amazon to court over its refusal to abide by FTC suggestions regarding in-app payment policy. Reuters reports that the lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission looks to force Amazon to refund IAPs that are ruled to have been purchased without the permission of parents. …

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Kabam: IAPs have a future on consoles

It is only a matter of time before studios are able to convince console users to splash out on in-game purchases without a major backlash. That’s according to Andrew Sheppard, president of free-to-play giant Kabam, who says history has shown studios and publishers can eventually get a hardcore audience to …

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Project Spark microtransactions scaled back

Xbox One title Project Spark has undergone some changes to its microtransaction model. OXM reports that developer Team Dakota has removed the cap on ‘Spark Time’ which effectively limited the amount of time players could spend on the game without paying up. Tokens that allow for the unlocking of some …

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UKIE responds to OFT principles for in-app purchases

UKIE has responded to the Office of Fair Trading’s principles for online and app-based games. These guidelines – published earlier today – serve to ensure game businesses sell content responsibly. If they are not in line with these principles, they could face problems from the Competition and Markets Authority from …

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OFT publishes principles for online and mobile games

The Office of Fair Trading has published its principles for online and app games. These principles state that consumers should be informed about costs associated with the game and in-game advertising – as well as whether their personal data will be shared with third parties for advertising purposes. In-app purchases …

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OFT warns devs over in-app payments

It may be a little behind the times, but the Office of Fair Trading has issued a reports warning smartphone developers about their in-app-payment strategies. A new sector-wide principles paper published for consultation today by the OFT has highlighted a number of areas of concern regarding the sector, chief of …

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£30.9m – the amount spent on unauthorised IAPs in Britain each month

Microsoft has calculated a truly staggering figure for the monthly spend on unauthorised apps and in-app purchases in the UK. The Guardian has word of a Microsoft survey that pegs the number at an eye-watering 30.9m. It gathered this data by questioning 2,000 British parents who own a smartphone or …

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Will OFT app scrutiny undermine games?

Few will comment on the record, but an investigation into in-app purchases could impact publishers of kids games. The Office of Fair Trading last week expressed concerns that children are being misled into spending significant sums on games promoted as free, and said it will review this part of the …

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Molyneux warns devs over IAP investigation

Developers must be careful of how they manage their free-to-play games and in-app purchases in the face of the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the business model, says Peter Molyneux. Speaking toDevelopEditor Will Freeman at the F2P Summit, as transcribed byThe Guardian,Molyneux warned of the dangers that a varying …

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This is the OFT’s in-app-purchases survey

The public survey element of the OFT’s investigation into in-app purchases has been revealed. The OFT last week launched an investigation into whether children are being unfairly pressured or encouragedto buy additional content in ‘free’ web and app-based games.The move follows repeated incidents where children have paid for virtual items …

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