VSC given power to ban games in UK

Tuesday, 16th June 2009 17:27 GMT By Patrick Garratt


The British Video Standards Council has been given powers to ban games in the UK that don’t apply to PEGI guidelines, GI reports.

“The VSC will be an independent body, as is the PEGI system, and while I’m sure there’s some joining up to do, it’s a tough system,” said EA UK MD Keith Ramsdale.

“We’ve gone further than the recommendations and PEGI will impose fines for non-compliance and possible exclusion from the PEGI system for non compliance.

“This isn’t something ELSPA can affect, this will become a legislative statutory system and ELSPA doesn’t get an influence, it’s being handled independently,” he added.

PEGI was named as the sole UK ratings board by the UK government earlier today.



  1. Eon

    England, the new Germany.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    Way to give people another reason to embrace piracy.


    P.S. Eon, The UK is larger than “England”

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Eon

    Freedoms, that is being picky :P I am fully aware the UK consists of more than just England.

    Would you prefer:
    The United Kingdom, the new Germany
    UK, the new Germany
    England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the new Germany.
    None of them have the same ring to it in my opinion.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Suikoden Fan

    going vby how it sounds, it sounds like they have the power to ban games pegi deem unrateable

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Spiral

    Or they have the power to ban games that don’t apply for a PEGI rating, which is no different to films and the BBFC.

    Edit: following the link within the link, they can also ban stuff independant of the PEGI rating. Not so keen on that, but I can see why they wanted that power.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Hunam

    Yeah, what Suikoden Fan said, sounds like VSC are the legal arm of PEGI in this matter.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. crackdude

    hey UK, enjoy your b& :D

    #7 6 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    They shouldn’t be allowed to ban or censor anything – give it an 18 rating to protect children and after that it’s every adult for themselves.

    I can choose what’s acceptable to me to watch or play, I don’t need the government dictating that for me.

    #8 6 years ago

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