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Pan European Game Information, or more commonly PEGI, is a European system for rating the content of computer and video games, and other entertainment software. It was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) and came into use in April 2003. The PEGI system is used in 25 countries. It is not associated with the European Union.

Participation is voluntary, at the discretion of the game developer. To obtain the ratings for any piece of software, the developer completes a questionnaire, which is then evaluated by the Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audiovisual Media (NICAM) and ratings are given. It is based on the Dutch Kijkwijzer system, too.

There are two parts to the classification for any piece of software - a suggested minimum age and also up to eight descriptions of content namely violence, bad language, fear, sex, drugs, discrimination, gambling, and online game.

Age ratingsEdit

PEGI has five age categories. In the countries of Finland and Portugal, local legislation conflicts with some of the ratings and they are changed accordingly.

Region 3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+
Standard PEGI 3 PEGI 7 PEGI 12 PEGI 16 PEGI 18
Finland PEGI 3 PEGI 7 PEGI 11 PEGI 15 PEGI 18
Portugal PEGI 4 PEGI 6 PEGI 12 PEGI 16 PEGI 18

See alsoEdit

  • Australian Classification Board, the Australian media rating system.
  • CERO, the Japanese computer and video game rating system.
  • ESRB, the United States and Canadian computer and video game rating system.
  • ELSPA, the former British computer and video game rating system, replaced by the PEGI ratings.

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