OFT investigate 'free' app games

"Free" web and app-based games aimed at children are being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading over concerns about costs for extras. In March, a five-year-old boy racked up charges of £1,700 playing games on his parents' iPad.

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OFT investigates additional costs of 'free' apps

"Free" web and app-based games for children are under investigation following concerns that users can run up substantial costs.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) are investigating whether children are being pressured to pay for content within the games such as upgraded membership and virtual currency.

In most cases, players can download the games for free but must pay for extra add ons to the game, like higher levels and features Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

The OFT has contacted companies who run the games asking for information on how they market to children.

It is also speaking to parents and consumer groups calling for information about potentially misleading or commercially aggressive practices.

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