Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Better video games age-rating system proposals
A simpler and stronger age-rating system for video games will soon be law after proposals were laid in Parliament recently. The new system will stop inappropriate video games being sold direct to young children while providing industry with a simpler system for having games age rated.
Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey said that the system “will give parents greater confidence that their children can only get suitable games”.
End of dual system
The new law will end this dual-ratings system and require all games in the UK to only be age-rated by the Video Standards Council (VSC) under the Europe-wide PEGI system. This system is specifically designed for video games and the age rating on the packaging will be accompanied by information about the type of content that led to the rating.
The Government is also making the age 12 rating legally enforceable for the first time.