'Puzzle & Dragons'' free-to-play spending caps are exclusive to Japan for now

by Mike Rougeau

December 16 2013

The spending limits imposed on younger players of free-to-play games in Japan aren't making the journey west, the company confirmed.

It was revealed earlier this month that Japanese players of GungHo's incredibly lucrative mobile game Puzzle & Dragons under 20 years old would be limited in how much money they can spend on the game per month. Soon after, it came to light that another Japanese publisher, Tecmo Koei, as well as U.K. mobile game studio Big Bit, were also placing restrictions on their own free-to-play businesses.

When the original story ran TabTImes Games reached out to GungHo to find out whether the same restrictions will come to the U.S., where the game is significantly less popular, or elsewhere outside Japan. Now the company has responded with its answer.

"The feature is a Japanese-based initiative, so it will only appear in the Japanese version," a GungHo representative told TabTimes Games. "At the moment, we have no plans to expand this exact restriction to other regions. It’s our desire to adhere to the specific laws and regulations for each territory."

It's unclear whether the restrictions other companies are self-imposing are similarly limited to their home regions, but we'll let you know if we hear anything. What do you think? Do free-to-play games need to be regulated, in the U.S. or otherwise?

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