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Capcom denies Apple rift despite in-app purchases for Smurfs’ Village

Thursday, 17th February 2011 12:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Capcom has denied it has entered into a row with Apple over in-app purchases for Smurfs’ Village.

It follows a PocketGamer report that claimed that Apple told Capcom Mobile the game has seen “an increasingly significant number of parents who have complained that their children have been racking up large amounts of in-app purchases without their knowledge.”

It’s mainly because of iTunes protocol where, paid or not, accidental purchases can be made within the 15 minute window where your password doesn’t have to be re-inputted once it’s been done the first time.

But in a statement to the site, Capcom said it was “in frequent communication with Apple, and at no point have they expressed any displeasure to any representatives of Capcom Mobile in regards to our handling of in-app purchases within Smurfs’ Village.”

It added that while it is currently “unaware of any changes Apple may be planning to their 15 minute password window, we welcome any update that would minimise inadvertent in-app purchases and improve customers’ experience with our products.”

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