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Microsoft refunds $8k worth of FIFA microtransactions

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Things could've gotten very Messi. LOL

Remember that kid who “accidentally” spent approximately R88 000 on FIFA microtransactions? Well, it looks like he got very, very lucky, because Microsoft have issued a refund (via Destructoid).

First off though, let’s adjust that figure to its rightful value. When I wrote the original story, the amount of cash spent by the teenager sat at a heart-stopping $7,625 (that’s Canadian dollars). Turns out that was an incorrect amount. Previous, unaccounted Xbox charges bought that total money up to an unhealthy $8,206.43 (around R95 358 at time of writing).

As you’d imagine, the father of this child, Lance Perkins, was upset. I mean, who wouldn’t be? That’s not the sort of cash any average person just happens to have lying around.

Unfortunately for him, Microsoft were not willing to offer a refund. Their reasoning was that the Xbox has measures in place to prevent accidents such as this ever taking place.

Purchases made using a parent’s payment account are legitimate transactions under the Microsoft Services Agreement, and we encourage parents to use the many platform and service features we make available to prevent unapproved charges.

That was the statement Microsoft released two weeks ago. It seems they decided to make an exception on their services agreement however, because they’ve now refunded all the charges.

Good news for Perkins certainly, but it really annoys me that he has given his son the benefit of the doubt this whole time. No 17-year-old could accidentally spend that much money… I refuse to believe that!

“I hope we have warned enough people. This is not just a game when it can upset a whole family and endanger our children with making mistakes. I hope there are more safeguards put in place for credit card holders.”

Or you could, I don’t know, not give your son a credit card? Or in the very least, have some sort of notification system in place so $8000 doesn’t accidentally go missing.


Last Updated: January 26, 2016

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  1. Ottokie

    January 26, 2016 at 12:11

    “I hope there are more safeguards put in place for credit card holders.”

    Yes…if only such magical services existed.


  2. Lardus-For the Emperor!

    January 26, 2016 at 12:11

    Raising I child to not have any accountability for his actions. Good move!


    • Ottokie

      January 26, 2016 at 12:12

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        January 26, 2016 at 12:36


      • HairyEwok

        January 26, 2016 at 12:39

        For some odd reason I’m struggling to sit comfortably on my chair now.


      • The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

        January 26, 2016 at 12:58



      • DragonSpirit009

        January 26, 2016 at 13:04

        Ours were called Ysterslaan. Oh the memories of pain.


        • Ottokie

          January 26, 2016 at 13:05

          The “fun” part was when you had to go and fetch it yourself xD


          • DragonSpirit009

            January 26, 2016 at 13:07

            I always hid ours. I don’t know how but my mother always… ALWAYS found it!

      • VampyreSquirrel

        January 26, 2016 at 14:03

        Just a wooden spoon? Lucky…


  3. DrKiller

    January 26, 2016 at 12:25

    What sort of microtransactions does Fifa have? Do you pay for the ball after every goal?


    • Guild

      January 26, 2016 at 12:30

      Not 100% sure since I haven’t played in a long time but buying packs to get better players for your team. I think they also have limited in game time use.


    • Jonah Cash

      January 26, 2016 at 13:10

      There is a game mode called Fifa Ultimate Team where you play for coins after each match. You then have to buy contracts for your players and coach and you can buy better players with more coins. Obviously there is a way to buy a lot of coins rather than earn them in game. So people are idiots and pay a lot of money to get in game money to buy Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar….


  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    January 26, 2016 at 12:35

    Wonder if Man U can ask MS for their money back too.


  5. Loftus

    January 26, 2016 at 12:37

    Maybe WB should take note and repay or those Pc Batman AK people.


    • BakedBagel

      January 26, 2016 at 12:59

      They actually did.
      At any time (still currently i think) you could have refunded Batman AK on steam for full price, even if you played more than the time slot or had it longer than 2 weeks.

      They did offer a refund, and they actually gave owners of AK the entire batman series :D?


  6. konfab

    January 26, 2016 at 12:37

    Mass Effect Andromeda will be 3.1 minutes shorter thanks to Microsoft’s “generosity”


  7. Gardos

    January 26, 2016 at 13:27

    I once got a digital game refunded and I thanked them profusely. This guy has some nerve.


  8. VampyreSquirrel

    January 26, 2016 at 14:02

    Matt, give me your credit card details and I’ll show you how to accidentally spend money 😛


  9. S.M. Archer

    January 26, 2016 at 21:01

    Jesus, this kid was 17 and “accidently” spent 8k on his fathers credit card, and then proceeds to have no repercussions for his actions?!? Where do I sign up. Can’t a 25 year old make the same mistake???


  10. Marc O Polo

    January 26, 2016 at 22:59

    Microsoft might just have screwed themselves… Setting a president


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