It is important to note that in the UK, PEGI 12, 16 and 18 ratings are legally enforceable, meaning that they cannot be supplied to persons below those respective age bars.
The body responsible for applying UK PEGI ratings is the VSC Rating Board.
Is Pegi a legal rating?
Video game ratings using the Pegi (Pan-European Game Information) system have become legally enforceable in the UK. Retailers that sell titles with ratings of 12, 16 or 18 years to children below the age limits will be subject to prosecution.
When did Pegi ratings became law in the UK?
PEGI’s brightly-coloured rating stamps will become legally enforcable on 30th July, MCV reported. It’s taken three years to finalise the details. Plans for the move were first unveiled by the UK government back in June 2009, but have been continually delayed.
Who regulates games in the UK?
In 2012 the PEGI system was incorporated into UK law and the VSC was appointed as the statutory body responsible for the age rating of video games in the UK using the PEGI system. In the UK, PEGI 12, 16 and 18 rated games are legally enforceable and cannot be sold to anyone under those respective ages.
How are video games regulated in the UK?
PEGI video game ratings become law. Under the new rules that came into force on Monday, all games sold in the UK will now be regulated under a system called PEGI, the Pan European Game Information scheme, which makes it illegal to sell 12-rated video games to children under that age for the first time.