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PEGI becomes the sole rating for UK games

The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age classification rating for video games has now become law in the UK. Under the new law is now illegal for shops and online retailer to sell games with PEGI ratings of 12, 16 and 18 to children who are under those ages.

Retailers and staff at risk

Retailers and their employees who are found guilty of selling games to underage customers could face fines of up to £5,000 and a maximum prison sentence of six years. Video games trade body UKIE says the new rating system has been introduced to better protect children from exposure to inappropriate video game content.

Up until today, UK games had two age classification ratings on their packaging, BBFC and PEGI, although now the latter is the only rating system for all games in the UK. The rating process for video games will be carried out by Games Rating Authority (GRA), which is the operating name of The Video Standards Council (VSC).

Laurie Hall, Director-General of the VSC said:

“Although the VSC has been rating games using the PEGI system since 2003, our role as the UK statutory video games regulator provides a new and challenging dimension to our work which, as always, places child-protection and parental information at the forefront of what we do.”

She also added:

“We look forward to our new role with relish using a proven games ratings information system,”

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