Windows 8 marketplace: Microsoft refusing sale of 18+ rated games – report

Thursday, 11th October 2012 08:45 GMT By Dave Cook

Windows 8 marketplace will not stock mature rated games in Europe, Microsoft has revealed. File this one under ‘shooting itself in the foot’, if true. reports that Microsoft will refuse the digital sale of any game rated above PEGI 16+ on Windows 8 marketplace in Europe.

Originally reported by Casey Muratori, his piece also suggests that America will not see the sale of mature rated games on the digital store front, and that Microsoft’s content legislation states, “Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed.”

If accurate, this will surely serve to close off the market and agitate developers further, meaning a large portion of games released will not be suitable for sale on the digital marketplace.

Elsewhere in the legislation, further rules tighten the clamps, “Your app must not contain content or functionality that encourages, facilitates, or glamorizes illegal activity.”

“Your app must not contain content that encourages, facilitates or glamorizes excessive or irresponsible use of alcohol or tobacco products, drugs or weapons.”

“Your app must not contain excessive or gratuitous profanity.”

When you consider how many triple-a and indie games slot into the mature bracket, you start to see how far these rules will curb the Windows 8 marketplace offering.

We’ve asked Microsoft for comment.

EDIT: We have just received word from a source that the Windows 8 app store will not support 18+ rated content. We are still waiting to hear back regarding full digital titles.



  1. Yoshi

    Meh no chance I’m getting Win8 and I know plenty others that are also avoiding it. With Microsoft, best to stay away from the even numbers :P
    (1) WinXP – (2) WinVista – (3) Win7 – (4) Win8

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ShakaCarnage

    Less than ten percent of all games released worldwide are 18+ or mature rated – and they account for around 20% of all turnover. Not really shooting themselves in the foot, are they.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. drewbles82

    Yeh avoiding win8. Only got win7 this yr as most the programs i use dont support xp in their latest versions.

    They just released that 17 game collection of Command n conquer so you can play them all on win7, no doubt they will do this again for win8.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Talkar

    You can already play that collection on Windows 8. They all work flawlessly there.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Fin


    src pls

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Lord Gremlin

    You know, we can use Windows 7 for many years from now on, then move to Linux. Unless they make a proper Win 9.

    On a side note, not enough AO games nowadays. Although there’s Cero Z in Japan, but few games come out with this rating.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ShakaCarnage

    @5 UKIE.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Freek

    Odd choice considering they are selling PEGI 18 games for Xbox 360, Sleeping Dogs and Resident Evil 6, for example.

    Also, this has to do with the Windows 8 store, not Windows 8 as a platform. So all talk about “we should boycot Win 8″ as a result of store policies is rather silly.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fin


    Delightfully, I googled things like “ukie mature games percent” and got this thread. Nothing on UKIE.

    When I say “src”, I mean “can I have a link to where you read that”, rather than a single word. Thanks!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. FabioPal

    I don’t get the fuss about this: it’s just “A” marketplace, not “THE” marketplace on the system.

    If they don’t want to sell 18+ rated games… they’re gonna loose money, not the user that will always be able to buy games through Steam/Impulse/GoG etc.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Da Man

    Poor PC community of angsty handicapped kids underground hardcore enthusiasts.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. BrokenSymmetry

    All Call of Duty games are PEGI-18. That by itself is already a huge chunk of the market.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Petulant Radish

    @2, you don’t consider 20% of turnover to be a significant loss?

    #13 2 years ago

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