Video game age-rating system to be simplified
Video games for some years have carried PEGI ratings, which provide information to parents on what the minimum suitable age for a game is, five categories exist 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 years old. Proposals have gone to Parliament that would see the current system where some games carried a BBFC rating instead changed, so that all but the handful that qualify for the R18 (Restricted Sale) certificate will be PEGI rated by the Video Standards Council.
A larger change is that the age-12 rating will become legally enforceable, with a maximum punishment of six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000 for supplying a game to someone who does not meet the age classification. The single age-rating system arises from the Digital Economy Act 2010.