The Video Standards Council (VSC) has announced that its new website has gone live with immediate effect.

This comprehensive website incorporates a wealth of information for retailers, video and video games industry professionals, media and others alike. The site has been opened in advance of the VSC’s new role as the statutory regulator for the rating of video games in the UK using the PEGI age rating system.

The site comprises two separate sections with the first section providing extensive details on the officers and senior executives, the VSC’s administrative and technical role, code of practice for retailers and parental information, whilst the second ‘Game Rating’ section gives specific details concerning the age rating processes. This section also introduces the Games Rating Authority (GRA) which will be the name used by the VSC in matters concerning the rating of video games.

Much of the information contained in the site will not come into effect until formal designation which is anticipated in July next.

The new website can be accessed at:

Said Laurie Hall (VSC Director General):

‘We have gone live with our new site at this time in order to deal with questions that have arisen since the DCMS formally announced their intention to designate the VSC as the body responsible for the age rating of video games in the UK.

The new site sets out the basic structure of the VSC and how it will operate both as a standards body for the video and games industries and as the Games Rating Authority.

This site is for people who want to know the precise detail of how the VSC will do things. There will be a second ‘family friendly’ GRA site aimed at consumers (particularly parents and carers) explaining the PEGI ratings and what they mean. This site will go live when we are formally designated’.


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