PEGI reveal new ratings system for UK games

The new sole UK videogame ratings board PEGI have revealed their revised set of classification symbols.

As you can see above, five age rating symbols — 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+ and 18+ — will now appear on the front and back of all UK videogame packaging. A sixth rating labelled ‘PEGI OK’ will be used for “small online (casual) games,” meaning the game is appropriate for all ages.

In addition to this, any of eight symbols – Violence, Bad Language, Fear, Drugs, Sexual, Discrimination, Gambling and Online Gameplay – will appear on the back of all packaging, describing what factors contributed to that particular rating. Furthermore, just in case that isn’t enough to assure conscientious consumers, PEGI will also offer “extended consumer advice,” offering such descriptions as “extreme violence, criminal techniques, glamorisation of crime, strong language, comic violence, nudity, strong language and unrealistic violence.”

Yesterday, the British government chose to adopt PEGI (Pan European Game Information) as the sole age ratings system for videogames in the UK. The ruling came following a protracted decision making process to chose between the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) and PEGI, who previously shared the responsibility.