PEGI Unveils New Ratings Symbols

PEGI Unveils New Ratings Symbols

PEGI has revealed a new set of age rating and classification symbols that will be applied to European videogames.

Five age rating symbols – 3+, 7+, 12+, 16+ and 18+ – will appear on the front and back of game packaging, shaded from green through yellow to red. A PEGI OK label will also be applied to “small online (casual) games,” meaning the title in question is suitable for players of all ages.

Eight descriptor symbols – Violence, Bad Language, Fear, Drugs, Sexual, Discrimination, Gambling, Online Gameplay – will feature on the back of game packaging, indicating the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating.

PEGI will also include extended consumer advice further detailing why a game received its classification. For example, the advice will highlight “extreme violence, criminal techniques, glamorisation of crime, strong language, comic violence, nudity, strong language and unrealistic violence,” PEGI says.

Yesterday the Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced plans to adopt PEGI as the sole age ratings system for videogames in the UK.