Australian Council on Children and the Media

Sydney Swans Official App - Telstra Media

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Official app for Sydney Swans Football Club.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Sydney Swans Official App was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 April 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Sydney Swans Official App
Developed by: Telstra Media
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Everyone, iTunes store: 4+.
ACCM suggested age: 8+ due to in-app purchasing
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Sydney Swans Official App contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not applicable.

App description

The Official Sydney Swans Football Club app contains a diverse range of features, including all the latest team news, videos, player profiles, and scores streamed live to a user's phone (no refresh is required)

Reviewers comments

This app provides fans of the Sydney Swans Football club with a means of remaining up-to-date with all associated information, news, events and merchandise. On the home screen of the app, the next game played by the Sydney Swans is listed (e.g. Adelaide Crows vs Sydney Swans, AO COMPLETE). Within the News and Videos tab, the app contains news articles related to the team, their games and its players (e.g. 'All about the Bud', 'Tippett and Tommy train', etc). This section also contains videos (e.g. 'SwansTV: Happy Birthday Kenny', 'Rhyce Shaw press conference'). The Fixtures and Results tab includes information on rounds completed, how much the winning team won by, the date and time the round took place, etc). The Players tab has a list of individual players containing photos and names. It is possible to read additional information about them, including their height, weight, date of birth, as well as statistics (such as goals, average disposals, marks, tackles, hitouts, etc). Within the Ladder tab, there is information on all of the national AFL teams, the points and percentages they received for their individual games, and whether they lost or won their last five games.

Within the Fans MVP, fans can register/log in and select/vote for their favourite players. The Membership tab includes a range of individual membership packages which users can elect to purchase. The app contains detailed information on each of these, as well as international membership options and an easy-pay option over ten months. Membership lasts 12 months. The Shop tab allows users to access the official Sydney Swans megastore and purchase any official AFL and SANFL merchandise. All of the profits from products sold go to the football club itself.

There is a Twitter tab that allows access to the official Sydney Swans Twitter page. It is possible to sign in and follow the page. The app also allows users to set up Notification alerts, for things such as Match Starts and Team Announcements. The 'More' tab includes things such as offering users the ability to give feedback related to the app, to rate the app, and to read the FAQs and Terms and Conditions.

There are no overt risks with using the app in regards to inappropriate or mature content. However, the in-app purchasing components may require some adult supervision for very young children using the app. 

In App purchasing

Yes: Within the Membership tab, there is a range of membership packages users may elect to purchase.

The most expensive package includes:

  • 'Platinum': Adult package priced at $522, Concession priced at $364, Junior priced at $173. This package has reserved seat for all 11 home matches, 10% discounts on merchandise, and other benefits.

The least expensive package includes:

  •  'Swans Squad': Priced at $49. This package offers member pack and benefits, a Sydney Swans cape, book labels, inflatable hand and other things.

Within the Shop tab, users can browse through and purchase merchandise related to the sporting team.  Users can buy things such as guernseys, badges, footballs, mugs, iPhone covers, and memorabilia. Prices range from $2 (for badges) to $2,000 (for a Premium team signed jumper). 

Online information

Users may view the official football club Twitter page, and sign in with their own Twitter account in order to follow it. 

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

There are no ads visible within this app.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

There are no sexual references and gender stereotypes are not an issue. 

Coarse language

This app contains no coarse language and appears to be closely monitored. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This is an information app not a game.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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