So I’ve had this on my chest for a long time, and I think it’s time I unload. I’m not convinced everyone will agree with me, but hear me out. I think Android gaming has problem with the number of games that are offered for free with IAPs, though I *suspect* iOS does as well (See here). And I want to say this at the outset: I don’t hate all IAPs. Paying a set amount once to unlock full content (gaming or otherwise) is just fine me with, as is a running subscription (Netflix, MLB At Bat, etc). My objection comes from how many games are attempting to monetize by applying scammy IAPs, and it’s out of control.
Google has begun rolling out new changes to the Google Play store today that add some much needed information to current and future Google Play listings. Right now a listing for a game, as an example, currently tells us that it contains IAPs. Now Google has added more information to this particular detail in that we now get to see the range of pricing for the IAPs included in that particular game.
Amazon is gearing up to launch its own virtual currency that Kindle Fire owners can use to buy apps and games for their Kindle device. Officially called Amazon Coins, this virtual currency is slated to launch this May and provide another way for Kindle Fire owners to pay for their applications and games.