The PEGI age ratings system for video games will go live in the UK from July 30, taking over as the sole rating system in the UK.
Currently games are rated using both BBFC and PEGI ratings, however from this date PEGI Ratings will take over and will also become legally enforceable for the first time, meaning retailers will be forced to observe the age restrictions or face prosecution.
“We welcome the news from government that July 30th is now looking the likely date for the implementation of PEGI as the single age rating system for video games in the UK,” UKIE CEO Jo Twist stated.
“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.
“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.”
UKIE did add that “technically still subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and therefore open to possible small delays”.