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The Pan European Game Information system (PEGI for short) is the European equivalent of the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

The PEGI system was introduced on March 1, 2003, with the aim was of creating a standard age rating system for all European countries. Germany is currently not a part of PEGI. In the UK the PEGI system is legally binding, and the the BBFC system is occasionally used as well. In Germany they use the USK system.

PEGI applies to products distributed in the Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, the State of Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mission statement

The PEGI system was developed and based on existing systems in Europe. In the drafting of the PEGI assessment form and the shaping of the system organisation, society representatives such as consumers, parents and religious groups have been largely involved.
PEGI has been designed to meet varying cultural standards and attitudes across the participating countries. Member States and is supported by the majority of relevant Member State Government Agencies and all interactive leisure software trade organisations in Europe.
The PEGI system is a voluntary system in which the ratings are carried out by members of the game industry itself. This takes place by means of a self assessment form. After examining a game, the in-house coder uses an intranet to answer a number of questions, after which the rating of the game will be given automatically. For each content category an age is established, based on the answers on the assessment form.
Ratings proposed by publishers are then checked by NICAM. All 16+ or 18+ ratings are checked before a rating is granted. All 12+ and samples of 3+ and 7+ ratings are checked after a rating has been granted. At the end of the process, products concerned are granted by NICAM, on behalf of ISFE, a license to use a specific logo and possibly descriptors as well.

Game Ratings

Within the scope of PEGI there are 2 types of pictograms that are relevant:

  • Age categories
  • Content types

So in addition to the game ratings by appropriate age, the PEGI system also includes symbols depicting the type of content in the game.

Age Ratings

Certain ratings are different for Portugal and were different for Finland until 2007. Instead of the 3 and 7 ratings in Portugal, they use 4 and 6. Under PEGI, the 3 and 7 ratings (and 4 and 6 is Portugal) are treated as advisory ratings, with no legal framework for their sale. However, the 12, 16 and 18 ratings are legally binding, and sale of games to those under the minimum age is a criminal offense, and subject to legal penalties.

Current Ratings

PEGI 3

Titles rated PEGI 3 are suitable for ages 3 and older. Not used in Portugal.

PEGI 4

Titles rated PEGI 4 are suitable for ages 4 and older. Used in Portugal only.

PEGI 6

Titles rated PEGI 6 are suitable for ages 6 and older. Used in Portugal only.

PEGI 7

Titles rated PEGI 7 are suitable for ages 7 and older. Not used in Portugal.

PEGI 12

Titles rated PEGI 12 have content that may be suitable for ages 12 and older.

PEGI 16

Titles rated PEGI 16 have content that may be suitable for ages 16 and older.

PEGI 18

Titles rated PEGI 18 have content that may be suitable for ages 18 and older.

Obsolete Ratings

PEGI 3+

Titles rated PEGI 3+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 3 and older. Not used in Portugal. Replaced in favour of 3.

PEGI 4+

Titles rated PEGI 4+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 4 and older. Used in Portugal only. Replaced in favour of 4.

PEGI 6+

Titles rated PEGI 6+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 6 and older. Replaced in favour of 6.

PEGI 7+

Titles rated PEGI 7+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 7 and older. Not used in Portugal. Replaced in favour of 7.

PEGI 11+

Titles rated PEGI 11+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 11 and older. Used in Finland until January 2007.

PEGI 12+

Titles rated PEGI 12+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 12 and older. Replaced in favour of 12.

PEGI 15+

Titles rated PEGI 15+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 15 and older. Used in Finland until January 2007.

PEGI 16+

Titles rated PEGI 16+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 16 and older. Replaced in favour of 15.

PEGI 18+

Titles rated PEGI 18+ had content that would have been suitable for ages 18 and older. Replaced in favour of 18.

Content Descriptors

PEGI-Bad Language

Game contains vulgar or offensive language.

PEGI-Discrimination

Game contains depictions of, or material which may encourage, discrimination.

PEGI-Drugs

Game refers to, depicts or glorifies the use of drugs.

PEGI-Fear

Game may be frightening or scary for younger children.

PEGI-Gambling

Game depicts or glorifies gambling.

PEGI-Online

Game has online play across the internet available.

PEGI-Sex

Game depicts nudity, sexual behaviour or sexual references.

PEGI-Violence

Game contains depictions of violence.


Game Rating
Americas
ESRB (United States/Canada/Mexico)
Europe
PEGI (Europe) • BBFC (UK) • ELSPA (UK, retired) • USK (Germany) • VET (Finland)
Asia
CERO (Japan, console) • EOCS (Japan, PC/mobile) • GRB (South Korea)
Australia/New Zealand
ACB (Australia) • OFLC (New Zealand)


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