Tecmo Koei has announced that it plans to tier spending for minors in its social games. Spending will be capped for gamers of different age groups in a bid to make the company's games less of a threat to the wallets of parents.
You have, of course, seen the headlines: 'Jonny Feckless Spent £19,000 on Poggle Fighter While Parents Weren't Paying Attention'. It's an issue in Japan, too, where the scheme is being introduced.
Tecmo Koei says it seeks to, “Offer services that minors can use without having to cause any worries.” The new policy is expected to be in place by the end of the year.
When the new policy is put into place, those aged 15 and under will be limited to 5,000 yen ($50) a month, while users between 16 and 19 will be restricted to 20,000 yen (£120). Once players hit 20 they're considered an adult and free to spend whatever they want.