Windows Store policy revised to allow PEGI 18+ games

Friday, 26th October 2012 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Microsoft has reversed its decision to block all PEGI 18+ rated games on the Windows Store.

Earlier this month Microsoft revealed it would block content rated at 18+ in all territories which, thanks to a discrepancy between the US’s ESRB and Europe’s PEGI age ratings systems, meant that a lot of games available on the US storefront would be blocked in Europe.

“It basically ends up disqualifying games that would be ESRB Mature,” Windows corporate VP of web services Antoine Leblond admitted to Gizmodo

Microsoft has now revised its policy, and will allow Mature games to be sold through the Windows Store, even if they have a PEGI 18+ rating. The change is expected to take some time to come into effect, so don’t be alarmed if games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Max Payne 3 are missing from the Windows Store at launch today.

As previously noted, the Windows Store policy has no effect on users’ ability to purchase and install games from other vendors such as Steam.

Thanks, Gamasutra.



  1. deadstoned

    Skyrim is Steamworks and Max Payne 3 is Rockstar Social. Plus Microsoft are only allowing Metro games to be sold from their store. Good really, I don’t want Microsoft handling AAA games they can’t be trusted and they’ll screw it up like they did GFWL. FU GFWL TEAM! Worst and most badly software I’ve ever used!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. dsr

    ^ this.

    Windows Store is for Modern UI apps only. The ones which use tiles to run. You can still play any other game which you’ve bought via steam, origin and other services.

    I don’t get why people like Gabe N got their panties in a bunch. Shame, really.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    @2 Install and try Windows 8 for a few minutes and you’ll see why “Gabe N got their panties in a bunch”.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. dsr

    I’m using it as I type. No problems with any kind of software and Steam works just fine.

    #4 2 years ago

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