The implementation of PEGI (Pan European Game Information) as the sole U.K video game rating system, a move delayed for nearly three years, is set to come into force by the end of the month.
This new system will be in place by July 30, and replaces the old hybrid model currently used, featuring both BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI classifications, three years after being approved by the U.K government. Under the new PEGI system it will be illegal to sell games with a rating of 12, 15, or 18 to a person under said ages.
The Video Standards Council (VSC) will rate games to PEGI’s specifications while enforcing compliance by retailers. The system is still open to parliamentary discussion, and could suffer a slight delay.
“To prepare for the transition to the new system, we’ve already held PEGI briefing sessions to make sure that the industry is clear about what these changes will mean for them,” said UKIE CEO Jo Twist. “We very much believe that the sole adoption of PEGI will provide clear and consistent direction on age ratings for parents and will be a vital tool in helping them to understand the types of games that their children should be playing.”
VSC director general Laurie Hall added, “I am delighted that this marathon task of establishing PEGI as the definitive rating system for video games in the UK is approaching a conclusion. The VSC is fully positioned to fulfill its new role and take on the new responsibilities.”
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