Harmless gambling in the US and casino in the rest of the world
Imagine that you leave your iPhone or iPad to your child to play a game for a while. Now suppose it asks you to install one and that title is Jungle Runner 2K21. You look at it in the App Store, you see that it is a nice game where a monkey has to run while collecting bananas and you decide that yes, you install it.
Then your child takes the device again and once the game he wanted is downloaded, he starts playing until he realizes that it is not simply a game for children but that a casino hides in it. And that casino not only allows real money gambling, but it seems that it ends up being a fraud and many of the prizes that are supposedly won are never received.
Well yes, that’s what happened, but there is more. This particular application hides a detail that is still interesting and could justify why it has passed Apple’s security filters: the casino only appears when you are outside the United States. That is, there is only that innocent and, also incidentally, game of dubious quality.
Once people follow the ad, they are taken to this App Store page. Notice the abundance of coins and the “Install and win” copy.
In order to pass App Review the app claims to be “a fun running game”, and in the US works like an extremely basic and very poorly designed kids game. pic.twitter.com/eb2PdyY0Cd
– Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 15, 2021
However, when it is executed in other countries is when an internal browser appears within the application itself that gives access to the online casino and that jumps to the payment method through the App Store and for which Apple would receive 30% of the incomes.
That mechanism on the one hand is a relief, because minors would not have the option of entering bank details unless they were of a certain age and knew them, something that would not be logical. But it is still a big problem. Because of what the bets entail and because there are users who have seen that after depositing large amounts of money they have not received anything in return.
The risk of trust
With this new case it is clear that trust blindly, even in a store like the Apple App Store, it can be a problem. And that it is true that if you have to trust only one, let it be those of Apple. But the company should not allow itself these mistakes.
If we take into account how they advertise these qualities of their store even less. Because then there will be someone who arrives with total confidence, thinks that nothing will happen and is surprised. No longer because of this game for children that is really a casino, but because it could happen with other apps that activate the use of premium SMS or anything else similar that could cause, among many things, an economic loss that we will later see how it recovers .
Fortunately, the game is no longer available in the store.
*The article has been translated based on the content of https://eloutput.com/noticias/videojuegos/jungla-runner-estafa-casino-app-store/ by eloutput.com
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