Tag Archives: in app payments

IAP IN PICTURES: 10 games that broke the in app payment mould

The Office of Fair Trading this morning announced that it is to investigate in app purchase strategies employed by video games publishers. The move is a result of concerns that some customers – primarily children – are unwittingly spending sizable sums on content in games which, when they are initially …

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OPINION: Office of Fair Trading’s F2P scrutiny mustn’t be a witch hunt – but must be honest

Forgive me for opening with an ‘As a parent’ introduction. But as a parent, I know all to well the perils and concerns about children and content found on screens and online. My son, not even three yet, knows his way around an iPad. There are some games on there …

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Free-to-play Tekken Card Tournament passes 1m downloads

Namco Bandai’s free-to-play spin off for the Tekken series has been downloaded for smartphones and tablets more than 1m times. Tekken Card Tournament was released on iOS and Android last week and passed the 1m milestone after just four days on release. It is also available to play in web …

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UKIE pledges to work with OFT in IAP investigation

UK video games trade body UKIE has said that it will assist the Office of Fair Trading in its investigation into in-app-payments. The OFT this morning announced plans to investigate how companies offer IAPs in game amidst concerns that some publishers are specifically targeting children, some of whom may not …

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Gears of War: Judgment goes big on IAP

Friday release Gears of War: Judgment will offer an array of XP-boosting in-app-payment options for gamers. Videogamer reports that the entry-level purchase costs 80 Microsoft Points (around 70p) for which gamers receive double XP for ten games. 320 MSP (2.75) buys a 50-match long boost, 560 MSP (4.80) a 100-match …

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CSR Racing dev defends ‘energy’ micropayment design

The developer behind iOS hit CSR Racing has defended the implementation of microtransactions within the title. The game limits the time players can spend racing in a single session by rationing ‘gas’. Once gas has expired players can either leave it and return later when it will have recharged or …

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40% of freemium gamers buy IAPs

A new report from NPD has claimed that four out of ten gamers who have played a freemium game have gone on to make an in-game purchase. The organisation also found that females are significantly more likely” than males to play freemium titles, but on the flip side are less …

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