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PEGI ratings finally become legal in the UK

Uk finally begins to make the switch from BBFC to PEGI ratings

After seeing some pretty extensive delays the PEGI age ratings have finally become legal in the UK.

From today it will be illegal for retailers to sell games carrying the PEGI ratings of 12, 16 and 18 to anyone under those ages. The change is part of the shift for the games industry from the BBFC ratings to the PEGI system to make it easier for consumers to know what they're buying.

Boss of the UK trade association, UKIE, Dr Jo Twist said, "As we mark the start of PEGI as the single video game age rating system, were delighted to use the opportunity to help parents to make informed decisions about which video games to choose for their family. A key way were doing this is through the re-launch of www.askaboutgames.com. Wed urge parents to use this really helpful tool to ensure that playing video games has the biggest positive impact on their children and family as a whole."

She added, "We very much believe that the sole adoption of PEGI will provide clear and consistent direction on age ratings for parents and will be a vital tool in helping them to understand the types of games that their children should be playing."