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Medal.tv - Game with Friends

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Social video platform fun for gamers, not for kids.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

It takes a little time to figure out how to use all of the features, and teens have to use multiple platforms (PC and app) to share clips.

Violence

Lots of violent content is easily accessed and shared via specific games.

Sex

Iffy and offensive content related to sex is easily accessed and shared via specific games.

Language

Inappropriate language can be easily exchanged in chat rooms.

Consumerism

Specific games are promoted, as they are displayed and highlighted on the home screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Iffy content is easily accessed and shared via specific games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Medal.tv - Game with Friends is a digital tool that lets users share clips of themselves playing video games and join in video chats. Users can select games that interest them from a menu, as well as which players they want to follow and chat with. It's a convenient way for like-minded gamers to socialize, share, and talk about their best gaming moments. However, many of the games are known for their inappropriate and violent content, such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. Given that there are no restrictions on this, and the chat rooms don't appear to be proactively moderated for language, users may easily encounter content that's unsuitable for their age range. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

MEDAL.TV – GAME WITH FRIENDS is an app that allows gamers to socialize by sharing video game clips and talking to each other in real time. There's a menu on the home screen where users can choose which games they want to follow. Users can watch clips of these games, upvote and comment, and save them to their profiles. If users want to record and share their own clips, they have to create a free account, download the desktop app, and enter a computer-generated code from the app. Clips can be shared directly to other social media platforms. The chat feature allows users to follow gamers, share clips via direct messaging, chat with others on the platform, and join in chat groups.

Is it any good?

This app is a handy tool that allows gamers to share clips for free, which is what it's intended to do, but some of the highlighted game content is inappropriate for kids. There's a way that users can avoid iffy content by selecting only age-appropriate games. For example, Minecraft and FIFA 19 are options on the home screen game menu. Unfortunately, the other games that may cause concern are easily accessible to all users, and chat rooms have potential to expose users to abusive language and behaviors. For these reasons, the app is best suited for older teens and adult gamers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the content of different games on Medal.tv - Game with Friends and why some games might be offensive. What content is considered off limits? How can repeated exposure to inappropriate content impact kids?

  • Talk about the risks of joining chat groups with strangers. Emphasize the importance of keeping information private and socializing only with known friends.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 9, 2019
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 57.70 MB
  • Publisher: Medal B. V.
  • Version: 6.7.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: November 26, 2019

For kids who love social networking and video games

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