My take on Kanye West’s rant against in-app purchases for kids

This morning, I checked my Twitter timeline and saw a series of interesting tweets from one of my favorite rappers, Kanye West.

Here are the tweets in question:
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/652670093717934080
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/652670179193688064
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/652670298899111937

Kanye North West

From all indications, it appears baby North West was playing games on Daddy’s iPad, and she’s making lot’s of in-app purchases. You can imagine how much (probably thousands of) dollar purchases made, that forced Daddy to vex and rant on Twitter :mrgreen:

Let’s look at this critically. Are there any games specifically meant for kids? If there are, should they or should they not have in-app purchases?

There are many sides to this case. We know it takes lots of time and effort for developers to create apps and surely, they deserve some reward. For these apps (meant for kids) to have in-app purchases there are always cases of using daddy’s or mummy’s money without their consent.

Considering how addictive these games can be, kids can go a long way to spend more than they bargained for. On the other hand, there should be a form of parental control in place. This should prevent your kids from making purchases when using your gadgets. Most especially for situations like this.

Daddy Kanye should take a chill pill. North West wants to “touch the sky” like daddy 😆

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12 thoughts on “My take on Kanye West’s rant against in-app purchases for kids

  1. I believe most games are not specifically made for children and the idea of in App purchases is a way for these developers to make money off their hardwork,if we as parents fail to monitor and be responsible for what our kids do with our expensive gadgets then I find it hypocritical to throw blames at developers thousands of kilometers away with millions of customers to cater to..can’t be responsible for one child and yet expect them to be responsible for millions of kids out there..

  2. As a matter of fact, I hate in’app purchases for games for any age bracket.
    If you’re going to charge, charge from the moment user decides to download your game.
    To me, it is dubious and time wasting getting users to download a game and being stuck at a particular point because they must make a purchase.

    1. I dont believe in app purchase… what it does is it creates an infinite amount of income for the devloper which is just plan wrong. i would rather buy a game for a $100 and can play it whenever, than spend in excess of over $1000 just to truly enjoy the game for each playing session, multiply that by the millions of users and you start to sense a lot of greed.

  3. I actually go with parental authorization. Its actually unfair at times when this kinda things happen.

    And if at all there is any games for kids, they should be free.. And subject to donations not payments. The kids don’t work yet. Its pure exploitation

    1. Lol, obviously they know the kids dont work yet. They are systematically making the parents pay for the kid’s enjoyment.

    2. why should games for kids be free? i don’t see the problem in making parents pay for their kids’ enjoyment, that’s how things work. the problem here is parents paying for their kids’ enjoyment without their approval

  4. Unfortunately there are games targetted at children that allow for in-app purchases. Unfortunately little North and Daddy Kanye West aren’t the first to be caught out like this.

    Think it was last year, but Apple has refunded some parents for in-app purchases their children bought whilst playing a game. And not all of those games are for adults either. A child should be able to play Angry Birds without having the option to buy an app pushed at them whilst playing.

    1. what do you have against Google?
      the article clearly says the IAPs were done on an iPad. plus Google has something in place to prevent situations like this, I believe Apple & Microsoft do as well. Mr. West simply didn’t take precautions

    2. You’re right @3WT, Apple do have something in place. However people don’t bother to change the settings to Restrictions (on iOS it’s Settings>General>Restrictions).

      But the problem isn’t unique to Apple and the iPad. The problem is the same with the Xbox and PSP, except in those cases people can also run up a bill on your card who aren’t your children.

  5. There’s no ideal situation here,both these companies and more especially the parents have a duty to prevent these issues from arising,I’ve heard of these things happening over and over one would have thought people would learn from others mistakes..

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