The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has issued new guidelines for in-game spending. The new measures introduced last week have been brought in to make sure advertisements are more transparent for consumers.
If you’ve ever been confused or mislead by the massive bundles of premium currency you get in games, or if you’ve been suckered in by time-limited offers, this new guidance is liable to have an effect on you.
The new guidance tackles in-game practices designed to prompt players to spend more money, and the way games are advertised more generally, too.
Games that offer in-game currency that can also be earned via playing are exempt from some of the measures, with the ASA noting that different types of games need to be measured differently. As per the new guidance, any premium currency advertised must make clear how much that is actually worth in a clear monetary value.
“The ASA (one of the UK’s advertising watchdogs) has issued its new guidance on advertising in-game purchases. This is huge and will require significant shifts in current industry practice,” legal partner Peter Lewin explained on Twitter.
“Remember, although the ASA doesn’t have fining powers it has operated successfully to-date on a name & shame basis (and can refer serious offenders to other regulators with stronger powers).”