PEGI becomes sole classification system for video games in UK

The controversial Digital Economy bill successfully passed Parliament yesterday, a move that will make Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) new classification system for video games in the UK.

The development is big achievement for the Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) that was leading a campaign to abolish the BBFC’s classification of adult rated games in the UK and substitute it with PEGI system.

Informing about the development, ELSPA Director General Michael Rawlinson wrote to members, “This means that PEGI, under the authority of the Video Standards Council (VSC), will become the sole classifier for video games in the UK.”

Currently, games are classified by both, industry’s own Europe-wide rating system, PEGI, and by the BBFC.

The BBFC that certifies films & videos will officially lose its games classification role in the next Parliament and the Video Standards Council will award the PEGI ratings in the UK.

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