$8,800 Xbox bill 'disheartening,' gamer's dad says

A father in Pembroke, Ont., is holding up his latest credit card bill as a warning for parents whose children have Xboxes.

See Full Article

Lance Perkins says he was shocked to learn he was on the hook for the money, after his 17-year-old son racked up thousands of dollars in online gaming charges.

The costs first appeared on an earlier credit card bill, but Perkins says he didn't originally notice them.

By the time the next bill arrived, the total amount owing had grown to $8,800 with interest, Perkins told CTV Ottawa.

Xbox charges annual fees so that gamers can access multiplayer games online. There are also separate fees to purchase games, additions and extensions.

But Perkins says the business scheme is misleading, especially for a young person without a credit card of their own.

"When you have someone telling you that you can play for free, and then all of the sudden they just want you credit card number, a little kid or a youth would not realize what a credit card number is, other than that (it will let them) play more of the game," he said.

Perkins contacted his credit card company about the bill and says they've agreed to reduce the amount.

But he says the whole experience has been "disheartening."

Xbox does offer tips for parents to avoid "unauthorized purchases by children."

The console recommends creating separate Xbox accounts for each user, and making a password for signing in and making purchases.

And if children want to buy games on their own, the gaming system recommends parents purchase a gift card for their child, rather than providing access to their credit card-linked accounts.

With files from CTV Ottawa


Latest Tech & Science News

  • SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

    Tech & Science CTV News
    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. -- SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in as little as two months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins. Source
  • New study questions claims of contamination in Canada's largest national park

    Tech & Science CTV News
    New research suggests Canada's largest national park is not drying out from upstream hydro dams or being contaminated by the oilsands. Recently published papers from scientists at the University of Waterloo question previous studies done for the federal government and the United Nations as well as long-held conclusions from Indigenous people. Source
  • Iran says it is preparing to launch new satellites

    Tech & Science CTV News
    TEHRAN, IRAN -- Iran said Sunday that two newly constructed satellites have passed pre-launch tests and will be transported to the nation's space centre for eventual launch, without elaborating. Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted about the development, calling it an "important research step. Source
  • 'Camo in space?': U.S. Space Force mocked after revealing its uniforms

    Tech & Science CTV News
    The new U.S. Space Force has shown off its utility uniform, and it's bound to look familiar. Technically, the nation's freshest military branch revealed its new name tapes, which attach to the uniform. Source
  • Coming around again: Famous ice disk seems to be re-forming

    Tech & Science CTV News
    What goes around comes around. An ice disk appears to be forming in the same Maine river where an unusually large one formed last winter and quickly gained international fame. The City of Westbrook tweeted an aerial view of the disk in the Presumpscot River with the message: "ICE BREAKING NEWS: Ice Disk 2020 is making a run for it. Source
  • Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

    Tech & Science CTV News
    CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA -- Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. Liftoff is now set for Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Source
  • Canadian scientists trace 2nd strange radio signal to nearby galaxy

    Tech & Science CBC News
    They travel through space, and they've puzzled astronomers since they were first discovered just over decade ago. They're called fast radio bursts, and thanks to a team of Canadian scientists, a new signal has been precisely located in a nearby galaxy. Source
  • Grumpy cat? Now you can know for sure, says study

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Remember Grumpy Cat? For most cat owners and veterinarians, knowing a cat's mood isn't as easy as the popular meme. However, according to a new study by the University of Calgary and the University of Montreal, you can now tell a lot about how a cat is feeling from certain facial expressions. Source
  • Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells

    Tech & Science CBC News
    Scientists have unveiled the first ever "living robot," an organism made up of living cells, which can move around, carry payloads, and even heal itself. "All of the computational people on the project, myself included, were flabbergasted," said Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist at the University of Vermont. Source
  • EU could force Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector cable

    Tech & Science CTV News
    TORONTO -- The European Union is determined to simplify cellphone charging, no matter what device you own. Earlier this week, members of the European Parliament held a hearing about efforts to “harmonize” charging systems across the electronics industry. Source