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  • Blog Post: Sony Agrees To Pay Up To $50 Per Customer Over Misleading Vita Advertisements

    In the early days of the PlayStation Vita, Sony made a number of claims about the system’s features. One of those was the ability to move seamlessly between the PlayStation 3 and the handheld. As history tells us, the mechanics were a bit more complex. As we know now, the feature wasn’t available... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Apple Signs FTC Consent Decree

    In-app purchases are part of the mobile ecosystem, but Apple drew attention from the FTC regarding the steps it was taking to keep children from making unauthorized purchases. Though the affair began years ago (and led to a lawsuit in which Apple settled), the company has now reportedly signed an FTC... More
  • Blog Post: Game Industry Gets High Marks For Age Enforcement Of M-Rated Games

    Though the game industry has frequently come under criticism by watchdog groups and politicians, a Federal Trade Commission study released today praised the industry's efforts of enforcing restrictions on ESRB M-rated games at retail outlets. The study was conducted by using "secret shoppers"... More
  • Blog Post: FTC Looking Into In-App Purchases

    Responding to concerns from three congresspeople, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it intends to investigate how virtual goods are marketed and sold within mobile applications like free-to-play games. In light of a well-publicized story about an eight-year-old purchasing $1,800 worth of Smurfberries... More
  • Blog Post: Game Industry Leads In Restricting Mature Products From Children

    According to a new report released to Congress today by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. video game industry “outpaces” other forms of entertainment in restricting access of mature-rated products to children through rating labels on packaging as well as retail restrictions. In... More
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