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Mobile gaming app designed to keep children’s spending down

The new The Snowman and The Snowdog application places a limit to in-app purchasing.

The classic holiday favorite “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs is now available in digital form, but while it does feature many of the spending components that are standard in mobile gaming, it has taken a unique tack in order to help to curb one of the hottest issues regarding spending while playing the game.

The app is the first one to ever introduce a limit to the amount that can be spent.

This mobile gaming application has been designed to keep in-app spending reasonable by limiting the amount that children are able to spend. The Snowman and the Snowdog has introduced this new feature after a consultation with the government that occurred earlier in 2013 and after hearing about a number of stories in which parents were shocked to discover that their children had run up massive bills while playing games on their smartphones and tablets.

The mobile gaming effort was launched earlier this week in the U.K. by Channel 4, for Android devices, iPhone and iPad.

This app is available for free download and is based on the highly popular Christmas movie. It is also the sequel to last year’s very successful free game that led the British app store downloads in December.

The design of the newest app gives children the ability to spend between £0.99 and £3.99 at a time on virtual snowflakes. Those can be used in the app for customizing their Snowman character or to be able to boost their game play. However, in order to help to reduce the risk of “bill shock” for parents, the total spending has a limit of £20 per player.

According to Colin Macdonald’ the games commissioning editor at Channel 4, “While we had to figure out a way that we could make money from the game, we absolutely could not have anything that might give rise to anyone feeling it was exploitative.” Although limiting the amount of money that can be spent while mobile gaming in a free app is considered to be a form of “commercial suicide”, the company felt the need to place higher priority on responsibility to their customers.

Ubisoft announces acquisition of mobile games developer

Mobile games become a strong focus for Ubisoft

Prominent game developer and publisher Ubisoft has announced its acquisition of Future Games of London, a developer of mobile games. The development studio was first established in 2009 and has established a strong foothold in the mobile space since then. The developer boasts of more than 100 million downloads for its mobile games and continues to make strong progress in this sector. Ubisoft has been showing aggressive interest in the mobile field in recent years, especially as mobile games become more popular than traditional handheld titles.

Ubisoft builds a stronger presence in the mobile space

Ubisoft is working to establish a stronger presence in the mobile games sector. These games have managed to attract a great deal of support and attention from consumers around the world and have become one of the most lucrative sectors of the game industry as a whole. Ubisoft is only on among many companies that have shown an interest in mobile games for the economic and entertainment prospects they represent.

Mobile Games - UbisoftDeveloper to gain access to Ubisoft resources

Future Games of London will continue operating as it has done for the past several years for the most part. Through the acquisition, however, the developer will have access to the abundant resources that Ubisoft offers. Ubisoft will also gain access to the developer’s range of mobile games and will be able to market these games and ensure they reach a wider audience. Ubisoft has proven time and again that it holds a strong position in the game industry. Last year, the company generated more than $800 million in profit, more than enough to encourage expansion into the mobile field.

US becomes an attractive market

Backed by Ubisoft’s support, Future Games of London is expected to concentrate on breaking into the U.S. market with new online games developed for mobile devices. The developer will also work on improving its game infrastructure in foreign markets in order to bolster its global network. These plans align well with Ubisoft’s operations.