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Google will stop calling games ‘free’ when they offer in-app purchases

18
Jul
2014

Google has agreed to add protections around games in-app purchases to ensure that children wont rack up unwanted charges on their parents credit cards. The changes come at the request of the European Commission, which has been investigating the ongoing issue of unwanted in-app purchases and is today laying out a series of guidelines that it would like developers and app stores to comply with. Google has said that by the end of September, it will cease to advertise games as free when they include in-app purchases and that it will also require payment verification before each purchase. Apple has also agreed to make changes at the behest of the commission, but it hasnt agreed to any specific actions or any time line.

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