Coin Master: Controversial gambling app does not land on the index

The Federal Test Center for Media Harmful to Young People (BPjM) has refused to include the controversial gambling app Coin Master in its index. The youth protection see among other things "Interaction risks" – This means play facilities that "can lead to excessive use and damage to the financial interests of children and young people".

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But precisely these risks are currently, according to the authority "not currently covered by the youth protection law relevant for the decision to add a list", meaning: The BPjM sees dangers, but cannot act against Coin Master due to a legal loophole. In addition to this app, two similar titles were also decided, namely Coin Trip and Coin Kingdom.

Coin Master comes from a developer studio called Moon Active, whose developers work in Kiev and Tel Aviv. The app was advertised at times by celebrities such as Dieter Bohlen and Pietro Lombardi. Coin Master only came into the public eye when comedian Jan Böhmermann dealt with the app's dangers for minors in his Neo Magazin Royale show at the end of 2019. Afterwards, the BPjM received several applications for indexing.

In Coin Master, players can build a village and attack the settlements of contacts, as well as elements such as slot machines. Real money can be used, but there are no payouts. Nevertheless, the program has found widespread use.

In its published on March 4, 2020 The BPjM writes a statementthat they are practicing their practice "Act of glorification or trivialization of gambling" want to expand. It is currently not clear when such content will actually be punished. Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey and the federal states are currently working with youth protection workers on an amendment to the Youth Media Protection Act. According to the plans, the BPjM should play a larger role in the future.

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