Social game giants to set monthly Y10,000 cap on teen spending
Six major social game operators, including Gree, DeNA and CyberAgent, said Wednesday they have agreed to begin limiting minors’ monthly spending on game content to 10,000 yen a month.
The companies held a conference in Tokyo to discuss measures to deal with growing criticism from the Japanese media about large monthly bills racked up by underage users, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Unlike Apple and Gree, DeNA has not introduced in-app splash screens to warn users when they are about to make a purchase. Media criticism of social game operators has been fierce following a series of cases in which minors ran up large bills, some as much as tens of thousands of yen, buying virtual items.
The companies, which also included Mixi, NHN Japan and Dwango Co, discussed self-regulation and agreed to set a spending cap, according to the Sankei report.
Starting Thursday, Gree will cap monthly spending for users aged 18 and below at 10,000 yen, and for users aged 15 or under, the cap will be set at 5,000 yen. DeNA will introduce the same monthly cap in June.