DCMS INTENTION TO APPOINT THE VSC AS REGULATOR FOR THE STATUTORY AGE RATING OF VIDEO GAMES IN THE UK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 TH  May 2012                                                          

The Video Standards Council is extremely pleased to announce that the DCMS has formally announced their intention to appoint the VSC as the regulator for rating games in the UK using the PEGI system.

This appointment represents the final stage in what has been an intensive and lengthy process following the recommendations of the Byron Review in 2008.   Although no official date has been set for the commencement of rating video games under the PEGI system, it is now clear that this role will commence during the summer of 2012.

The Director-General of the VSC, Laurie Hall, said:

“This news is very welcome and gives us the mandate to undertake the role of statutory video games regulator in the UK.  It is role that we will relish and which will ensure that children and younger people are protected and kept safe from inappropriate video games.

It has been a long and arduous task to arrive at this point and we thank all those involved in helping to establish PEGI as the legally recognised system.

All the necessary administrative and technical systems are in place and we are simply awaiting confirmation of when we can officially start.  The VSC has been rating video games since 1994.  We will use our wealth of skill and experience to good effect in our new role as the national video games regulator.”

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