DIGITAL BRITAIN: Nintendo throws support behind PEGI

Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Sega and other leading European games publishers have talked of their joy at the Government choosing PEGI as its sole age classification system.

The news came yesterday as part of the Government’s Digital Britain report, and effectively removed the BBFC’s role in rating games.

The Video Standards Council will now be responsible for ensuring that games comply with PEGI’s regulations prior to granting licenses for them to be sold within the UK.

Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton said: The Government has made the right decision. The PEGI age rating system is right for the protection of children as it is designed specifically for games and interactive content. As a global company we welcome the decision as mature and intelligent as it works across some 30 international territories.

Rob Cooper, MD of Ubisoft UK added:
The adoption of PEGI as the rating system for games is a good decision. The PEGI system is future-proof, delivering effective child protection now and in the future. PEGI Online is a key component of the system, ensuring that the government does not have to re-assess the entire system once again in 12 months time.”

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