While it welcomed Byron’s desire to introduce one clear age ratings system, ELSPA also highlighted concerns over the BBFC’s ability to deliver its new remit, and added that the proposals could struggle to keep up with the public’s increasing desire to buy and play on-line.”
The games industry would need to be re-assured that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) would be capable of delivering against any new remit, or whether PEGI may be more appropriate," said ELSPA director general Paul Jackson.
We believe in one legally enforceable system for classification of video games and to build increased public awareness of both the age ratings system and the long-standing availability and use of parental controls on all games consoles.
However, we are concerned that the proposals as they stand may struggle to keep up with the public’s increasing desire to buy and play on-line.
We look forward to working very closely with Government over the next few months to address these concerns as the implications of the review are fully understood.”