Smart Social Gamers provides simple, practical information to help people have a positive social games experience. The service is aimed at parents, teachers and gamers of all ages.
Social games – sometimes called casual games – have grown hugely popular in recent years with titles such as Candy Crush Saga and Farmville played by millions of people around the world on smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.
Smart Social Gamers includes an easy to understand guide to what social games are, how they are played, and information to help manage the games experience – including paid-for features. There are dedicated sections on how to control in-game purchases, turning off game notifications and understanding age ratings.
The portal also offers advice – from industry experts – on how to handle difficult situations, if they arise, such as moderating the amount of time spent playing games and dealing with unpleasant behaviour by fellow gamers.
In creating the portal, Smart Social Gamers partnered with some of the world’s most respected digital safety organisations and experts including the Family Online Safety Institute, Childnet International, Project Rockit and Dr Richard Graham, a leading consultant and adolescent psychiatrist in the UK.
Smart Social Gamers is an initiative of the International Social Games Association (ISGA), the worldwide representative body of social games operators and developers. The ISGA believes that by providing the correct tools and advice, gamers can have a positive social games experience.
Luc Delany, CEO of the ISGA, “Social games are an increasingly popular form of digital entertainment and like other forms of online entertainment, it is important to know how to manage their use. Smart Social Gamers empowers players and their families with great information and that means a more positive experience for everyone”.
Smart Social Gamers can be found at www.smartsocialgamers.org.
About the ISGA
The International Social Games Association (ISGA) is the global industry body for social games companies. We provide a unified voice for the industry in legal, regulatory and commercial debates at a time when an increasing number of people are choosing to play social games and the way that those games are accessed, played and paid for is changing.