Free iPad Game Smurfs Village Caused a $1400 Bill
Smurfs Village and similar iPad games can charge parents huge bills after their child plays them on the iPad. Still, if previously the largest sum spent on this game was around $100-$200, this time the situation is much worth.
An 8-year-old-girl managed to spend $1400 playing Smurfs Village game on her parents’ tablet.
Yes, we have mentioned before, that free social games that you download on your tablet have a lot of in-game purchases that are easy to be made, and they can turn into huge amounts of real American bucks. For more information, you can read our article Beware! Some Free iPad Games on iTunes Cost Real Money.
Can you imagine how surprised Stephanie Kay was when she got a bill for $1400 after her little daughter Madison had some fun playing free Smurfs Village game?
Once again, you’ll probably wonder how it is possible to make in-app purchases without entering the password. When you download an application from the App Store on your iPad, you are prompted to enter your password. And afterwards your child has 15 minutes to do everything she wants and make all kinds of purchases accidentally or intentionally without re-entering your password.
For example, little Madison had no idea that Smurfberries that she was purchasing for her village were available for real American dollars. Since this iPad game is designed for kids ages 4+, most parents are sure that nothing like this can happen until their children rack up a massive bill in just 15 minutes.
This time the problem was solved by Apple. The company has decided to give out a reimbursement, but only this one-time.
And we believe that iOS developers who create free social games without making it easy for kids to purchases in-app items for real dollars by choice, because such business can be really bad for the companies as parents can complaint and ask for credit card chargebacks.
Still, it’s too risky for such developers to create such pretty-looking iPad games that attract little kids by their art style and easy gameplay.
A lot of young people use their parents’ tablets or other iDevices to play free or paid games. Thus many of them can unintentionally make a purchase without realizing it. And this is a big problem in our digital era as a lot of users love to shop online, make one-click purchases online and get online billing.
So, dear iPads House readers, what about you? Do you give your iPad to your kids to play free social games on it? How do you think iOS developers should protect their games to prevent children from accidentally spending real money on in-app services and products?
Please, share your thoughts in the comments below.
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