The PEGI rating system for age classification of video games in the U.K. has become law starting today, making it illegal for retailers to sell games to anyone under age.

The law enforces the PEGI standard on all retailers across the country and completely replaces the old BBFC ratings, which will no longer be used. Anyone found to be selling games to anyone under age will face a £5,000 fine or up to six years in prison.

“The U.K. has one of the most dynamic and innovative video games industries in the world, and the games they produce not only entertain millions, but can also educate and foster creativity,” said U.K. culture minister Ed Vaizey. “Today’s simplification of the ratings system benefits both industry and consumers and will help ensure that the millions of games sold in the UK each year are being played by the audiences they were intended for.”

In real terms not much is going to change for customers, there will still be age restrictions on games, the only difference is that the ratings will be decided by a different system.


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