Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:57 UTC
Google Without giving any detailed information, Madfinger Games announced that because the piracy rates of their game Dead Trigger were so high on Android, they made the game available for free. This sucks balls. I'm interested in more detailed statistics, especially where, exactly, the piracy rate is highest, considering you can only get paid Google Play applications in 31 countries, and then, often only with a credit card (which many people outside of the US don't have and/or use). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if those piracy rates mostly come from places without paid applications support and/or with lousy payment options. In any case, Google needs to get its act together with the Play Store.
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RE[5]: What about kids?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:23 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What about kids?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

is this not the case with European debit cards?


Nope. They are two entirely different things, and not interchangeable. Play wants a credit card, not a debit card.

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by Laurence on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:50 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Nope. They are two entirely different things, and not interchangeable. Play wants a credit card, not a debit card.

They are interchangeable in the UK (eg VISA Debit) and my debit card works on Google Play.

Edited 2012-07-23 14:50 UTC

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RE[7]: What about kids?
by JAlexoid on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:09 in reply to "RE[6]: What about kids?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It depends on the bank. Banks choose to enable internet transactions or not. Too many want the security of a CC, before they allow you to pay online.

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by henderson101 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 15:36 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

"is this not the case with European debit cards?


Nope. They are two entirely different things, and not interchangeable. Play wants a credit card, not a debit card.
"

Not in the UK. I use my Debit Card anywhere a US company wants a Credit Card with zero issues.

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by aorth on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 15:44 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
aorth Member since:
2011-10-26

For what it's worth, my Google Checkout account uses a US-based Debit Card. ;)

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by gan17 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 18:26 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Play wants a credit card, not a debit card.

Eh?! I use a Visa Debit tied to a regular savings account for my Google Wallet/Play, Paypal, iTunes, etc.

No problems here. Singapore, btw.

Edit:
Google Wallet's main FAQ page also states that it accepts Debit and Electron cards, fyi. Of course, it might be dependent on your bank's policy.

Edited 2012-07-23 18:35 UTC

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RE[7]: What about kids?
by pgeorgi on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:14 in reply to "RE[6]: What about kids?"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

Google Wallet's main FAQ page also states that it accepts Debit and Electron cards, fyi. Of course, it might be dependent on your bank's policy.

Debit cards in Western Europe are usually bank issued - Visa, Mastercard, Amex et al have nothing to do with it.

OTOH, we have a working inter-bank transfer system (electronic and paper) for 60 years or so. That's not true for the USA, nor I suppose, for emerging economies.

Visa and the others (and that's what we call "credit card" here) are expensive, have the bad rap that Thom mentioned, can't be use universally (many merchants only accept the bank issued cards) - and are the ones supported by US multinationals in their online shops.

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by Savior on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 19:20 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

I live in Hungary, and (for the time being, while one is free ;) ) I own two debit cards, one Mastercard and one Visa. I've yet to find a page that does not accept them. And they are debit cards alright, I can't pay with them if I don't have money on the associated bank account. I'd be very much surprised if the Dutch system was different.

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by zadintuvas on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:08 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
zadintuvas Member since:
2012-07-23

Here in Lithuania (EU) you can get a few debit cards "for buying online" which are accepted just like credit cards. I just got one (Debit MasterCard) and have no problems buying stuff online. You can also get Visa Virtuon card here, which is made exclusively for online use (it does not have magnetic stripe or chip inside).

However, majority of debit cards (Maestro and Visa Electron) can't be used for such things unless seller has his shop integrated with your bank (each bank provides his own API for payments). If seller does not support your bank, you have to make money transfer yourself.

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RE[7]: What about kids?
by JAlexoid on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:12 in reply to "RE[6]: What about kids?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Virtuon is backed by the same system that backs Visa's CC online payments. Debit cards usually are managed exclusively by the banks. (That is true in Lithuania as is in most Europe)

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RE[6]: What about kids?
by WereCatf on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:32 in reply to "RE[5]: What about kids?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"is this not the case with European debit cards?


Nope. They are two entirely different things, and not interchangeable. Play wants a credit card, not a debit card.
"

I use a debit card on Google Play, PayPal, Steam and plenty of other places just fine.

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