According to the Pan European Game Information or Pegi, there will be a new icon added to physical video games which will serve as an indication for parents to know that in-game purchases are allowed while playing the game. For games that were bought online through cheap CD keys before this announcement, the warning sign might have been present already.
The new graphic will be that of a hand with a credit card. It will be added along with other icons such as the icon that indicates the suitable age range for the game and the warning that indicates if the game has contents that are not suitable for young player such as gambling, sex, bad language, drugs and other theme that could cause fear or hatred.
There are many online games in the market that allow in-game purchases which is the developers main way of earning aside from the initial payment made by the purchaser upon installation of the game. There are many popular PC and console games that can be downloaded and played for free such as Fortnite which allows young players. These games have in-game purchases which they can use to make their characters better, increase their game level or access premium features.
According to Pegi’s managing director, Simon Little, it is important for the parents to know if the games that their kids are playing have in-game purchases right before they download the game. Pegiwas founded in 2003 and it is known to give ratings to online games coming from 35 different countries.
With the rating by Pegi, the parents will now know before purchasing the physical video game if they wanted to proceed or not. They can also limit the spending of the child or restrict it if they know about the in-game purchases beforehand. The warning icon can already be seen in games downloadable through digital means but not in their physical versions.
According to a survey conducted by Ipsos this May, 40 per cent of the parents of kids who are playing video games give their children the permission to purchase within the game but they set limits and they monitor their spending. The problem is that there are still unfortunate incidents where the kids who bought games from cheap CD keys have purchased too much and racked up a very huge bill in the process. One example is that of an 11 year old player from Britain who spent around £6,000.