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PEGI is sole game ratings board for UK

Tuesday, 16th June 2009 15:55 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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The UK government just confirmed PEGI as the sole games ratings board for the UK.

Said ELSPA boss Mike Rawlinson: “Today’s decision will ensure that games ratings stay relevant and adapt to the changing nature of videogames for many years to come. Retailers will now have clear, legal backing to help them prevent access to unsuitable content by children.

“We will work closely with the Government, the Video Standards Council and the BBFC to ensure a smooth and rapid transition to this new ratings system.”

Press release after the jump. The full Digital Britain report is now online here.

ELSPA AND GAMING INDUSTRY WELCOMES DCMS DECISION OVER BYRON REVIEW TO ENDORSE PEGI AS SOLE AGE RATINGS SYSTEM FOR VIDEOGAMES

Tuesday 16th June/…ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, has today welcomed the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s decision to adopt PEGI as the sole age ratings system for videogames in the U.K.

Mike Rawlinson, Director General of ELSPA, the trade body which represents games publishers, said:

“The Government has made absolutely the right decision for child safety. By choosing PEGI as the single classification system in the UK, British children will now get the best possible protection when playing videogames either on a console or on the internet. Parents can be assured that they will have access to clear, uniform ratings on games and an accurate understanding of game content.

Today’s decision will ensure that games ratings stay relevant and adapt to the changing nature of videogames for many years to come. Retailers will now have clear, legal backing to help them prevent access to unsuitable content by children.

We will work closely with the Government, the Video Standards Council and the BBFC to ensure a smooth and rapid transition to this new ratings system.”

Simon Little, MD, ISFE said:

“This decision by the British government to adopt PEGI as the single ratings system for videogames in the UK will give British children the same protection whether they are playing at home or online, as children in 28 countries across Europe.

PEGI meets the criteria set out by Professor Byron in her review and has also been further updated to take into account developments in new technology as game playing moves increasingly online and becomes increasingly interactive. It is a robust system which protects children online and offline. We will continue to ensure that PEGI remains the most relevant and effective system for helping parents, guardians, teachers and retailers to protect children both now and in the future.”

For further industry comment please go to: http://www.bhpress.co.uk/release.asp?i=1600

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30 Comments

  1. Syrok

    Yay. Rest of Europe take note please.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    PEGI

    P E G I

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Just updated it with the DB report.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. JesteR

    So in the future there will be only PEGI rating on the cover?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Holy crap, that was unexpected! I fully expected the BBFC to get it. :shock:

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Something else for parents to ignore before blaming others for their own failings.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Suikoden Fan

    so how long until this takes effect? were entering the summer laul so maybe during that?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Zarckan

    About fucking time is all I can say.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. deftangel

    So has anyone worked out exactly what “Enhanced PEGI System” means yet? :)

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    What is there to take effect? 99% of current releases only have a PEGI rating on them anyway. What’s the last game you can think of with a BBFC 15 or 18 label on it?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Whizzo

    Blimey that is a surprise.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Seems odd. Is the BBFC funded by the govt. ? Maybe they’re just saving cash.

    Not that it’ll make any difference, the few times I’ve been in a games shop when an 18+ game has been out I’ve been in a queue of mothers buying it for their kids.

    I think there should be an IQ test before you’re allowed access to certain parts of the media. Obviously xbox 360 sales would flatline but it’s a small price to pay ;)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Hunam

    Blerk, 80% of my 360 games have an 18 or 15 rating on them :)

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    @Blerk: Killzone 2 was probably the last one I can recall.

    Infamous and Prototype had PEGI logos, RE5 was BBFC.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Whizzo

    My copy of Prototype certainly has an 18 BBFC logo on the front.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Odd, Amazon shows it as PEGI.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XbDb9DIeL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51gSTWEMM9L._SL500_AA280_.jpg

    #16 5 years ago
  17. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @Blerk a quick look at amazon pack shots show CoD5, killzone 2, GTA4 etc all having bbfc stickers…

    #17 5 years ago
  18. JesteR

    @Blerk

    There are many games with the BBFC rating. Wolfenstein, UFC 2009, Ghostbusters, Killzone 2, Call of Cuty 5 or Wheelman for example. I could name many more. I would say 70% got the PEGI rating in the past.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. deftangel

    @Blerk unless you’re counting the PC release of Resi 5, Bayonetta got a 15 recently.

    The bit that’s got to take effect are the enhancements to the PEGI system which unsurprisingly nobodies cottoned on to yet.

    The DCMS press release has a bit more on it;-

    http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/6215.aspx

    #19 5 years ago
  20. deftangel

    Online retailers don’t always use the right pack shots and they aren’t compelled to. Prototype is definitely a BBFC 18.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Blerk

    Weird. Why do some sites show the same games with BBFC logos and some show them with PEGI logos?

    I’ll have to look through my own stuff when I get home now.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @Blerk Maybe some are showing the european box art rather than the uk specific one…

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Lutz

    Bler: IIRC US sites/Pics only show PEGI.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Blerk

    US sites won’t show PEGI ratings, man – they’re for Europe only. :-D

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Johnny Cullen

    “What is there to take effect? 99% of current releases only have a PEGI rating on them anyway. What’s the last game you can think of with a BBFC 15 or 18 label on it?”

    I just got Protoype in the post from LoveFilm and guess what it has: a big fat red BBFC 18 slapped on the disc. As far as that goes, probably half of my games collection is rated by the BBFC.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Whizzo

    My Red Faction heavy walker resumes its modelling career with a Prototype packshot. There’s no PEGI ratings on it at all.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Blerk

    New PEGI symbols revealed. Now with added colour for the hard of thinking!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Blerk

    Actually, that’s completely bizarre. A 16 is the same colour as a 12.

    Is there really any content you wouldn’t want a 16 year old to have that is fine two years later when they’re 18? The ’16′ rating seems completely superfluous.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Tonka

    Om nom nom nom

    #29 5 years ago
  30. deftangel

    Colour coded symbols, no idea where they got that idea from! Their “Extended Consumer Advice” looks a bit familiar too :D

    #30 5 years ago

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