F2P Ethics: Jon Jordan at F2P Summit

I’ve previously tried to avoid talking about the ethics of F2P because, whilst I believe the vulnerable need to be protected, I don’t think it’s a serious issue and mostly the reaction and anger it invokes is somewhat silly and overblown. However, I did just write a piece for GamesIndustry International (nee GamesIndustry.biz), which is…

Office of Fair Trading Investigating F2P

In the UK the topic of children and IAPs has become a mainstream news topic in the last month. Now the Office of Fair Trading (the governmental UK consumer protection organisation) has said it will investigate if some F2P games targeting children are “misleading, commercially aggressive or otherwise unfair” or in other words “unlawful”. Well…

Free-To-Play Is Not The Only Way

Freetard (noun). A freetard is a unyielding proponent of free Source: Urban Dictionary I like to think that I am not a freetard, despite being such a champion of the F2P model that I wrote a book about it. I believe that F2P is the best business proposition for most games: It grants access to…

The Rise of Rage of Bahamut

I’m something of a card game fanatic: I play and write about Magic: The Gathering a great deal and have worked and advised on a number of card battlers. Whilst the genre is insanely popular in Japan, where Puzzle & Dragons makes $25 million per month, few have managed to crack the West. The standout…

BBC News Interview: Children and IAPs

Following Don’t Tell Me How Spend My Money getting picked up by Stuart Dredge in this Guardian article, I was contacted by BBC News for a short interview. The hot topic of children and IAPs hit mainstream media after a boy wracked up over £1,700 on his dad’s iPad. You can read more and watch…