The Digital Economy Bill has today become law having received Royal Assent, much to the delight of key figures both inside and outside the games industry.
The Digital Economy Bill receiving Royal Assent truly is a victory for consumer empowerment,” Microsoft's general manager of the UK and Ireland's Entertainment & Devices Division Neil Thompson stated.
Gaming safety for children – be they playing on or offline – is of paramount importance to Microsoft. The PEGI ratings system will allow both parents and the wider gaming market to make clearer and more informed decisions when purchasing gaming products. Microsoft commends ELSPA on its successful lobbying efforts and looks forward to working with the Video Standards Council over coming months.”
Dr Tanya Byron, who was integral to the laws pertaining to video games ratings, added: I am delighted to hear that the Digital Economy Bill received Royal Assent. Its content is vital for the safety of children when playing videogames both on and off line.
In my review I offered the games industry, via a consultation, the chance to prove that the PEGI is the most effective system in providing protection to children online and offline from adult related content.
I was delighted with how they responded, updating the PEGI system to meet the challenges of today and importantly, tomorrow.”