DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Jul. 16, 2019 1 min read

Apple: If you're not going to outlaw in-app game purchases, then please offer an option to remove all such games from sight of the app store. And make it the default on all accounts for kids.

The same goes for games funded by ads. Allow parents a way to filter those games out entirely from view of the app store. And enforce that if a game sells a "No Ads" version, IT CANNOT SHOW ADS. You'd think that'd be a pretty basic app-store check for honesty.

Also: Let's see how much Apple is profiteering off in-app game purchases and ads. Usually Apple ends up on the side of the customer because their incentives are aligned. As the pivot to services continue, that's bound to come under stress. This might well be patient zero.

Although maybe the plan is to let the general games section of the App Store remain a swamp, such that the Apple Arcade - with its promise of "No ads.
No in‑app purchases" - seems like the salvation. Kinda like Purdue's plan to sell opioid treatment 😬


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