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PEGI now the age rating system for video games in the UK

New rules have come into force meaning that it will be illegal for retailers to sell video games rated 12, 16 or 18 to anyone under that age. These new rules are part of a transformation in video game regulation, with a simplified ratings system which is now in effect.

Video games will now be classified by a single authority, the Video Standards Council (VSC), under the Pan-European Games Information(PEGI) system. This means that all new video games will carry the PEGI ratings, hopefully making it easier for parents to make informed decisions when buying video games for their families.

The change in legislation will also be supported by consumer awareness support from UKIE,  the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, providing an interactive source for parents to learn more about the games their children which can be found at

For more advice on games, see the Safer Internet Centre’s introduction to online gaming.

You can see the full press release at