PEGI – The European content rating system
Helping parents make informed decisions
PEGI (Pan-European Game Information) was founded in 2003 by ISFE as a self-regulatory age rating system for video games. The system is part of the industry’s commitment to protect minors and to build trust with consumers by ensuring that reliable information about video game content is provided in a responsible manner. All the major game platforms use the PEGI ratings as part of their parental control tool systems.
PEGI ratings considers the age suitability of a game’s content, not the level of difficulty. The classification system comprises 5 age categories and 8 content descriptors. For more details, click here.
Today, PEGI is used and recognised throughout Europe – PEGI rated products are marketed in more than 35 countries today – and it has the enthusiastic support of the European Commission. It is considered as a model of European harmonisation in the field of minor protection and consumer transparency. Since 2003, PEGI has classified +30.000 video games, counting more than 2000 video game publishers as signatories, including all the major publishers.
What about the rest of the world ?
In 2013, PEGI co-founded the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a global cooperation of age rating boards to provide the fast-moving mobile and digital markets with a scalable solution to implement familiar age rating systems. This way, PEGI ratings are also used in Google Play for all Android devices and in other digital storefronts like the Microsoft Store, the PlayStation Store, the Nintendo eShop and the Oculus store.