Tecmo Koei To Limit How Much Minors Can Spend On Social Games

By Sato . December 5, 2013 . 4:00pm

We’ve seen people spend outrageous amounts of money on online and social games, but it appears as though Tecmo Koei are attempting to get that under control somewhat, as they’re adopting a new policy that limits the amount minors can spend per month on social titles.

 

The reason for this is so that parents can feel at ease to allow their children to play their games, the company behind games like Dead or Alive and Dynasty Warriors says.

 

Lately, the subject of charging minors for micro-transactions in social and online gaming has been a controversial topic for both game companies and parents in Japan. After giving it much thought from the consumer protection perspective, Tecmo Koei have decided to introduce a system that limits certain ages on how much they can spend.

 

As per the new policy, minors of age 15 and  younger, will be limited to 5,000 yen ($50) a month, while those of ages 16 to 19 will have their limit set to 20,000 ($200) a month. Players of 20 years and older are considered adults in Japan, so they won’t have to worry about any monthly limits and are free to spend as much as they like.

 

According to Tecmo Koei Holdings, their goal is to “Offer services that minors can use without having to cause any worries.” The new policy is set to be implemented sometime by the end of this year.


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  • Jungo

    I hadn’t looked into this before… are these restrictions actually going to reduce minor spending on social games? That’s an awful lot…

    • Ereek

      I was thinking the same thing. $50 and $200 is still a very large amount to spend on a game.

      • neocatzon

        Makes you wonder how much they spent before the service.

  • drproton

    I’m pretty sure my parents would have kicked my ass for spending $50 on microtransactions if they were around when I was that age.

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Especially if they know that you’re spending that amount of money for… you know… “special edition” outfit stuffs. (This is Tecmo we’re talking about >_>)

    • Keksus

      Best way would be to introduce some kind of parental control and let the parents chose the monthly amount. But oh well. I guess Tecmo Koei likes money too much.

  • new_tradition

    Wait, how are they actually gonna do this? O_o

    Kids can be pretty clever and figure out ways to get what the want….

    • MXC

      Seconded, as a kid I found ways to doe anything I wanted by sweet talking, stealth, and persuasion. Basically I was pretty mature for my age :D

    • Mr_SP

      Well, then that’s not their fault. If Koei lets children spend hundreds of dollars on mobile game, that can be blamed on them. If children lie about their ages, then spends hundreds of dollars, then it can’t be.

  • Jesse

    Good idea, though I wonder how they’d implement it?

  • AlteisenX

    So who else is born 1/1/XXXX?

    • British_Otaku

      Yep, for kids they know or will figure out that they get all of the rights when they scroll
      down to the bottom of the year bracket and us adults, it takes too long to change the date
      if we aren’t born on January 1st and just because it isn’t in immediate view. >_>

  • Nitraion

    Hmm is see almost everyone can lie about their age….
    but if you use citizen ID card to login that will be different..

  • Warboss Aohd

    ……won’t dis just make dem play otha gamez?

  • Sergio Briceño

    You need to be 14+ years old to set up a Facebook account and that doesn’t stop kids in elementary school from having one (or parents make one for their babies) so I’m pretty sure this won’t have a big impact.

  • Sacchan

    I don’t even have $200 per month.

  • Otoya

    I like those limitation and it might sounds a bit “fair” so no one is over powered inside a game. LOL

  • TrevHead

    This looks like a classic pre-emptive move by a dodgy industry to stave off possible harsher regulation in the future.

  • LM009

    I don’t understand this, why? If dumb minor want to spend $100s of dollars it would surely be in TK’s best interest to let them

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Because parents need help with parenting

  • ajneez

    good company

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