Kanye West Furious Over iPad In-App Purchases in Kids Games

In a series of tweets on Friday, Kanye West reflected how mad he was about the existence of iPad in-app purchases in kids games. “F*** any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!!”, he tweeted. Apparently, Glu Games, the company that produces the very successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, must also take note since their game has in-app purchases as well, some of which are as high as $40 (via CNET).


West continued to express his anger with the following tweets:

“That makes no sense!!! We give the iPad to our child and every 5 minutes there’s a new purchase!!!”

“If a game is made for a 2 year old, just allow them to have fun and give the parents a break for Christ sake.”

Of course Yeezy isn’t the first parent to be upset over kids being able to make useless in-app purchases in games. A 5-year old once spent over $2,500 in less than 15 minutes by playing a free game on his parents’ iPad, though Apple did offer a refund the end.

How strongly do you agree with Kanye?

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  • Mando

    totally agree, it’s rediculous to have in-app purchases in Kids games…

  • warpdrive

    Lol, People who are to stupid to disable in app purchases without a password make me laugh. And let’s face it…. Kanye? Lol, is an idiot. If you give your kids technology you have a responsibility to know how it operates and monitor it. You wouldn’t hand your kid the remote and leave the room if you subscribed to the Playboy channel, now would you! Kanye needs to realize that an iPad is not just a babysitting toy to give to his kid while he’s off coming up with more verbal diarrhea to spew on anybody dumb enough to listen. How people like this get rich is beyond me….. I guess maybe enough other people even dumber to pay him.

  • Eric

    He can clearly afford it.

  • Anthony

    First of all anyone that doesn’t have a password for in app purchases when you have kids using an iPad is just crazy. Second don’t blame a company trying to make money off in app purchases when we have clearly told them we aren’t willing to pay upfront for an app. I don’t get why people feel so entitled to free stuff now a days. And I won’t even get into letting your iPad be your babysitter.

  • kkritsilas

    He has a point, but to be honest, who cares? Is the fact that he is “Kanye West” really of any additional significance over anybody else’s? What does this idiot do, besides shoot his mouth off? Yes, he has a lot of money, made in the music business as far as I have been able to determine, but other than that, and being married to Kim Kardashian (don’t even get me started on her), why would his opinion on this topic be of importance?

  • Mando

    In this day and age, you have to give iPads to your kids, you know why? It’s because 99% (if not 100%) of the kids your own kids go to school with or hang out with have iPads. iPads are even part of school requirements in many many schools. Do you want your kids to fall behind others by not allowing them access to the piece of technology that everyone has. It is very easy to say “oh iPad should not be a babysitter”, I assume you don’t have small children.

    The point here is not about if you give your kids password-free iPads, it’s about how stupid it is for the kids games/apps to ask for in-app purchases. I totally agree that a kids app (at least the ones for under 4 year old kids) should be a paid app upfront or completely free.

  • Michel Plante

    That’s why there’s an option to disactivate in-app purchase. Even if I’m against in-apps purchase what can do Kany west about it? lol Apple doesn’t give a dime of is opinion:)

  • FragilityG4

    Companies aren’t allowed to make profit on kids items? Maybe toys should be free while we’re at it. I don’t like paying extra too but I password protect my iPad and disabled in app purchases before I give it to my son.

  • Anthony

    Why in the world should an app without in app purchases be “completely” free? Who is paying for the development and maintenance of the app? Remember without in app purchases a game wouldn’t be $1 either. I would assume it would have to be a price few would pay.
    Of course kids need to use technology but instead of just putting one in front of them how about either using the settings provided or teaching them to use the app the way you’d like instead of blaming the developers.