A number of social online game operators, including Gree and DeNA, are investigated by All Japan news’s Consumer Affairs Agency for allegedly using questionable sales methods, according to press reports.
Social Game Platform Renraku Kyogikai, an alliance of six social game makers including Gree and DeNA, may be soon asked by the agency to stop selling the so-called kompu gacha games. The reason is that clients are buying cards, that they may later trade in for prizes, but whose content is unknown at the time of the initial purchase.
The agency also received complaints that players are imposed very high charges for this type of games.
The law restricts unjustifiable prices and misleading representation.
If the companies fail to comply with the restrictions imposed by the agency, they will be facing sanctions, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.