Parents argue 'it's too easy for kids to rack up huge bills'.
A parent group has filed a lawsuit against Apple, over bills resulting on in-game microtransactions made by their children...
According to the BBC, Apple is being sued by a group of parents, who argue that it is too easy for children to rack up huge bills without an adult's consent. Apple asked for the case to be dismissed, but a Judge denied it...
The group claims certain games have been developed “strategically to induce purchases of Game Currency”. Examples of these games are Smurfs' Village and Tap Pet Hotel.The group said it was too easy for children to run up big bills without "authorisation of their parents".
Apple had called for the case to be dismissed, pointing out that in-app purchasing can now be disabled.
However, US District Judge Edward Davila said the hearing could now go ahead.
Of course, Apple hasn't commented, and apparently in the latest iOS software, the company added extra steps in the in-app purchasing process, including the requirement to enter an additional password to buy items within apps. But for these group of parents, that wasn't enough! How this case will end?Among them was Smurfs' Village, developed by Capcom. While the game itself is free, in-app purchases available in the "Smurfberry Shop" range from £2.99 to £69.99.
A warning message in the game's description states that Smurfs' Village "charges real money for additional in-app content".
It is possible to play the game without spending money. However, progress is typically far slower for the player.
In the UK, Niamh Bolton told the BBC she felt "physically sick" after learning her 10-year-old daughter had totted up a bill of more than £1,500 while playing Tap Pet Hotel.
The game, developed by San Francisco-based Pocket Gems, is part of a wider "Tap" series which was also referred to in Mr Meguerian's court filing.
Ms Bolton said the purchases, which were made before Apple added the in-app disabling feature, were made within two hours.
"It was more than our monthly mortgage repayment," she told the BBC.
NEWS SOURCE #1: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17728039
NEWS SOURCE #2: http://www.vg247.com/2012/04/18/pare...-gaming-bills/
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