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Pan European Game Information - PEGI

PEGI (Pan European Game Information) is the European age-rating system for videogames.

PEGI helps European parents make informed decisions when buying video games. Launched in 2003, PEGI replaced a number of national age rating systems and is now used throughout most of Europe, in 38 countries. The system is supported by the major console manufacturers as well as by publishers and developers of games that are active in Europe. PEGI was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE).

The PEGI labels appear on front and back of a game's packaging, providing a reliable indication of the suitability of the content. The age rating does not take into account the difficulty level or skills required to play a game. There are also 8 content descriptors that work in conjunction with the age labels: violence in a PEGI 7 game (e.g. cartoon-style violence) is different from violence in a PEGI 18 game (strong, graphic content).


PEGI Online is a safety certification that is integrated into the PEGI system. Its purpose is to give young people in Europe better protection against unsuitable gaming content and to help parents understand the risks and potential for inappropriate behavior within this online environment. The requirements to obtain the right to display the PEGI online compliance label include the obligation to keep the website free from illegal and offensive content created by users and any undesirable links, as well as to take measures for the protection of young people and their privacy when engaging in online gameplay.

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In order to create a better internet, PEGI has several ongoing projects in 2015 to increase its presence in the online & mobile gaming environment and to raise awareness about the age rating and content suitability of digital games. 

In particular, IARC (The International Age Rating Coalition) is a project where rating boards from all over the world joined forces to provide a solution for the globalised market of digital games. It aims to unify and streamline the age classification process for digital games. The system simplifies the submission process for publishers by providing them with a single questionnaire, which automatically generates multiple age and content ratings for each participating country. Online storefronts are able to use the established standards ratings and consumers are presented with a consistently applied set of familiar and trusted ratings of their region. Through IARC, the storefronts will display the PEGI labels for EU territories and there will be 4 new feature descriptors to inform the consumers about the online functionalities of the apps: In-app purchase, Users interaction, Location data sharing and Personal data sharing. 

As part of a consortium of 8 European Rating Boards and filtering software providers PEGI is also participating in an EU-funded research project entitled "Machine-readable and Interoperable Age Classification Labels in Europe" (MIRACLE). The main objective of the project is to investigate whether a commom data-model for age labels can be implemented in different business cases and classification contexts and to identify possible demo applications in order to establish a wider use of content classification systems. The project will run until July 2016.

PEGI is pleased to take part in the Safer Internet Day again this year and it will continue to support the efforts to make a safer internet and better world for children!