The lights are on
The European Union’s executive branch is meeting with large technology companies to discuss the the impact and regulation of free-to-play games. The concern stems in part from the way in-app purchases are communicated to users, with children particularly at risk.
The Commission will be speaking with industry representatives on two points, according to a press release:
It stands to reason that Apple and Google, as owners of two of the largest free-to-play platforms, will be involved in the conversations. The Commission will be asking participants to propose and commit to solutions that will improve consumer protection.
[Source: EU via Joystiq]
Our TakeIt’s long been held that “free-to-play” games are anything but free. There have been numerous stories of children inadvertently racking up huge bills in games via exploitative pleas. There are currently very few ethical games that are legitimately free to play, and I would be quite pleased to see the term abolished in most circumstances.