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Stiftung Warentest: Games like Fortnite and Minecraft are unacceptable for children

In the battle royale shooter "Fortnite", the testers found right-wing extremist usernames and in-app purchases that were far too expensive. According to Stiftung Warentest, data protection is also "unacceptable".

On the way to school, during the break or in their free time: Mobile games on smartphones are now simply part of the game for many children of different ages. In the past soccer was still played, today you compare your Pokémon in “Pokémon GO”, the greatest buildings in “Minecraft” or the wildest shootings in “Fortnite” on your mobile phone. But are these mobile games even suitable for children? No !, says Stiftung Warentestund, and dropped 13 of 14 titles completely and classifies them as “unacceptable” for kids.

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Stiftung Warentest: Nazi slogans and hostility to Jews


For the test, the consumer organization sent two test subjects per game who pretended to be children at the age of ten. Do game providers protect the youngest gamers? Apparently not: In many titles, the makers allow user and clan names with Nazi slogans and links to porn sites, in the developer game “Roblox” the testers even discovered a work in which players are supposed to murder “bad Jews”. When it comes to data protection in particular, the app creators don't take it too seriously and often pass data on to third parties. Particularly bad: none of the games keeps its data protection declaration of principle simple and understandable for children - but this is not permitted according to the basic regulation. "Angry Birds 2" openly admits to monitoring the users, the popular "Candy Crush Soda Saga", however, rejects any responsibility for losses of any kind.

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And what about the hated in-app purchases? Virtually all titles stand out negatively here. "Minecraft" and "Angry Birds 2" charge huge sums for virtual objects, "Candy Crush" and "Homescapes" seduce users into real money purchases through particularly difficult levels. Out of a total of 14 mobile games tested, Stiftung Warentest gave 13 times the rating “unacceptable”, only “Pokémon GO” made it to the slightly better “questionable” - the game itself is flawless in terms of content, only when it comes to data protection, developer Niantic does not take it that way exactly. You can see all tested games here:
  • Angry Birds 2
  • Brawl Stars
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga
  • clash of clans
  • Clash Royale
  • Empires & Puzzles
  • Fortnite
  • Helix Jump
  • Homescapes
  • Minecraft
  • Pokémon GO
  • Roblox
  • Subway surfers
  • Temple Run