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PEGI becomes the sole video game age rating system in UK
BBFC no longer in use
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Jul 30, 2012 - 3:03pm EST (Jul 30, 2012 15:03)
PEGI has today become the single video games age ratings system, under which it is illegal for a retailer to sell a video game with a PEGI age rating of 12, 16 or 18 to someone below that age.
Up until today, the UK had two age ratings systems for video games, BBFC and PEGI, but from now on, PEGI (which stands for Pan-European Game Information) will become the single age rating system for all video games in the UK. The change is aimed at helping consumers, and especially parents, to make informed decisions about which video games to choose for their families, by clearly giving the suggested minimum age that you must be to play a game due to the suitability of its content.
The announcement comes as Ukie (The Association of UK Interactive Entertainment) reveals results of a poll of over 1,000 parents of children under 18, highlighting that nearly all parents (92%) recognise the benefits that playing video games can have on their children, including educational benefits (58%), that they allow children to be creative (53%) and that they provide entertainment (77%).
Today also marks the start of the role of the Games Ratings Authority (GRA) as the operating name of The Video Standards Council. The GRA will be responsible for rating games to PEGI’s specifications and the VSC will use this name in dealing with all matters concerning the age rating of video games.