FCC researching possible universal ratings, would include games

Saturday, 29th August 2009 19:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


The Federal Communications Commission has started researching a possible universal rating system to include games, mobile content and television in response to the US Congress investigating current laws are doing enough to protect children from harmful content.

Enter the ESA which says that the FCC has no jurisdiction in games.

According to Rich Taylor, senior VP for communications and industry affairs at ESA, current ESRB ratings are “considered by parents, family advocates, the Federal Trade Commission, and elected officials as the gold standard in providing caregivers with the information they need to make the right choices for their families.”

Taylor feels a universal rating would “confuse consumers, violate the Constitution’s first amendment, and are a solution in search of a problem.”

The FCC maintains control over television an radio in the US – basically airwaves. How games would fall under this category is unknown, unless the FCC lobbies to get more power in its court.

More through Joystiq, via Bloomberg.



  1. trivi4l

    ESA will own FCC in court.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Parents need to watch the “harmful” content not the god damn government. Thats the problem now a days parents don’t want to be accountable they want to pass the buck to the government. FCC is just looking for more power and in return more money. Fuck em’

    #2 5 years ago
  3. moeTi

    perfect picture choice!

    #3 5 years ago

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