PEGI Video Games Ratings Become Law Today
Written Monday, July 30, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Today sees the PEGI age ratings system for video games becoming law in the UK, after a whole raft of legislation hoo-hah that sees an end to BBFC ratings for games in favour of a universal PEGI rating. It's now illegal to sell 12-rated video games and up to anyone below the designated age.
PEGI will now act as the UK's single rating body for video games, as outlined by Parliament’s Video Recordings (Labelling) Regulations 2012 legislation. The rating process itself will be handled by the Video Standards Council (VSC), and anyone found to be selling games to underage customers could be subject to a maximum 6 year prison sentence and a £5000 fine.
Should a game be sold without the necessary PEGI rating, the seller could face 2 years in jail and an unlimited fine.
“The UK has one of the most dynamic and innovative video games industries in the world, and the games they produce not only entertain millions, but can also educate and foster creativity,” said UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey. “Today’s simplification of the ratings system benefits both industry and consumers and will help ensure that the millions of games sold in the UK each year are being played by the audiences they were intended for.”