Is PEGI legally enforceable?
In the UK, the PEGI 12, 16 and 18 ratings are legally enforceable.
This means that retailers cannot sell or hire these games to those below these age bars. But this only applies to the retailer. It doesn’t stop an adult from buying the games for a child.
Games with these ratings may seem harmless on the surface but don’t be fooled by first impressions. Many games may appear benign, but they can feature moments of strong violence, horror, illegal drug use and even sexual violence.
For extra age rating information about a game, use the Additional Consumer Information (ACI). Use the ‘search’ function to find a game and you'll get a breakdown of the content, including:
This is a great tool for confirming you are making the right choice in the games your child may be playing.
You may come across a game which doesn’t carry a PEGI rating but may feature a rating from non-European countries. These ratings carry no weight in the UK or Europe and should not be taken at face value as their criteria may not be in line with UK guidance.