Dad angered after son spends £691 on Fortnite in three days

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Dad angered after son spends £691 on Fortnite in three days

Dad angered after son spends £691 on Fortnite in three days

Fortnite has quickly become one of the world most popular games on both PC and all major games consoles, shipping as a free to play title which earns money through the sale of optional in-game items and cosmetic add-ons. 

With the game being free to download, it is easy to see why young gamers have started playing the online Battle Royale game en masse, allowing them to take part in one of gaming most popular merging genres without having to ask their parents or guardians for money. 

Today, we will tell the tale of Steven Harrison, a father who was hit with £691 in card charges after his son completed 81 in-game transactions over a period of three days. This event occurred after Steven used his bank card to purchase a birthday gift for his son on his Xbox, forgetting to remove his card details from the system afterwards.     

This situation should act as a warning to parents across the world to use the parental control systems included in every modern games console, which are designed to prevent such purchases without a parents permission. For example, Microsoft's system can prevent payments from controlled accounts unless a parent signs into the system to verify all transactions. Sony also has a similar system on PS4, while also having a pre-paid card system that eliminates the need to attach credit/debit card information to the system altogether. 

Steven Harrison's bank, Natwest, has not given a refund to the father's disputed payments, though it is hard to argue with this decision given the fact that these payments are the result of his error. If Steven Harrison exercised appropriate caution and made use of Microsoft's Xbox parental control system, this entire fiasco could have been avoided.  

Dad angered after son spends £691 on Fortnite in three days

(Steven Harrison and his son Tyler Harrison, image from Stoke Sentinel)

Fortnite: Battle Royale released back in September 2017 and has since become one of the world's most popular video games, sparking controversy due to the game's popularity amongst children and fears of video game addiction.   

Parents should be aware of what their children are doing on any video games console, especially when payment information is stored on the hardware. Every major console platform includes parental controls for a reason, so make sure that you are aware of them and use them appropriately if you have any young gamers in your household. 

You can join the discussion on Fortnite and the child who spent £691 on the game in three days on the OC3D Forums

Special thanks to Dicehunter for helping us with this article 

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18-06-2018, 07:13:38

Rawr his dad proper looks like Sean out of Corrie lmao


18-06-2018, 07:54:47

The construction around payments for digital services are so complex, that assuming the parents have other things to do besides making sure they understand *all* publishers terms and conditions - they can be expected to make mistakes.

The real issue here, is allowing any game to cost more than a standard AAA title without being locked down for further purchases.

There. Solved it for you.

Also : Because of this complexity, I've turned 'everything' off on all consoles and the kids phones and the tablets around the house. It's the only way I can feel safe, even if it means we don't get to do some purchases we'd like to do - but it's just not worth the hassle. Some systems pre-selects 'save my credit card' so if you fail to notice this, you are screwed. Just one example.

If you don't understand what I'm on about, then I wish I had your simple and easy life Quote

18-06-2018, 08:11:01

Weak parent that can't even protect his own credit card number. He deserves the bill IMO, maybe that will teach the fool.Quote

18-06-2018, 08:52:41

There is a fairly serious conversation the father needs to have with his son about using a credit card fraudulently. If that was a child of mine his console would now be being sold to help pay for the bill.Quote

18-06-2018, 08:57:28

This is why my parents never bought me a PC or console. I had to earn and save the money to buy the system and games. It gave me an understanding of this kind of thing from a young age. Sure it was a different time back in late 90's and early 2000's. We didn't really have "online", "DLC" or "microtransactions" back then; certainly not in the console space where I started. By the time those came around I was already well established and aware of how much my gaming cost.

Still, even with this new tech you need to teach kids the right way. If they want to buy things with a card online then open a children's bank account with them and get a debit card (I've had one since I was 9). They won't be able to spend what they don't have then. Certainly don't put your own card on their account!Quote

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