Pan European Game Information

Pan European Game Information
PEGI logo.svg
PEGI logo
Formation9 April 2003; 15 years ago (2003-04-09)
PurposeVideo game classification
Region served
Europe, Israel
Parent organization

Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is a European video game content rating system established to help European consumers make informed decisions when buying video games or apps through the use of age recommendations and content descriptors. It was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) and came into use in April 2003; it replaced many national age rating systems with a single European system. The PEGI system is now used in 39 countries and is based on a code of conduct, a set of rules to which every publisher using the PEGI system is contractually committed. PEGI self-regulation is composed by five age categories and eight content descriptors that advise the suitability and content of a game for a certain age range based on the games content.[1] The age rating is not intended to indicate the difficulty of the game or the skill required to play it.[2]

Age ratings

PEGI has five age categories.

Rating Description
PEGI 3.svg Suitable for all ages. Can contain non-sexual nudity.
PEGI 7.svg Suitable for persons 7 and older. Compared to PEGI 3, the game has to contain possibly frightening scenes or sounds.
PEGI 12.svg Suitable for persons 12 and older. Compared to PEGI 7, the game has to contain slightly graphic violence or non-graphic violence towards human-looking characters.
PEGI 16.svg Suitable for persons 16 and older. Compared to PEGI 12, the game has to contain realistic violence or sexual activity; or extreme bad language and depictions of tobacco/drug use or criminal activity.
PEGI 18.svg Suitable only for persons 18 and older. Compared to PEGI 16, the game has to contain very realistic and extreme violence that may be repulsive to players.

The current design was introduced at the end of 2009. Black and white icons were used until June 2009, when the colour-coded PEGI icons were announced, with green for 3 and 7, orange for 12 and 16, and red for 18. Plus signs were removed from the icons, and the background text changed from 'ISFE' from the old, black-and-white icons to 'PEGI' from the new, colour-coded PEGI icons.[3] That design was slightly altered at the end of 2009, by removing the watermark and locking the URL bar underneath the age rating icon. Reprinted games from 2009 or before often still display the old designs.

2003 2009 2010
PEGI 3 annotated (2003-2009).svg PEGI 3 annotated (2009-2010).png PEGI 3.svg

In Portugal, two of the PEGI categories were aligned with the age ratings of the film classification system to avoid confusion; 3 was changed to 4 and 7 was changed to 6.[citation needed] Finland also used a modified scale, where 12 became 11 and 16 became 15.[citation needed] Finland fully adopted PEGI on 1 January 2007, and the standard ratings were fully enforced as well.

Standard PEGI 3 PEGI 7
Portugal PEGI 4.svg PEGI 6.svg

Content descriptions

The nine content descriptors are:

Icon Content descriptor Explanation Corresponding age ratings
PEGI Violence.svg Violence Depending on the age category, the game may contain scenes of people getting injured or dying, often by use of weapons, whether realistically or not, in a fantastical or cartoonish manner. May also contain gore, injury detail, and blood-letting. PEGI 7.svg PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Bad language.svg Bad Language May contain profanity and all manner of slurs, insults, and epithets. PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Fear.svg Fear May contain scenes and plot elements too disturbing, overly suspenseful, or frightening to younger/sensitive players at PEGI 7 or horrifying content in the absence of violence at PEGI 12. PEGI 7.svg PEGI 12.svg
PEGI Sex.svg Sex Depending on the age category, the game may contain scenes or references to sexual nudity, sexual posturing, characters wearing suggestive clothing, or sexual intercourse. This descriptor is not needed for non-sexual nudity. PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Drugs.svg Drugs Depending on the age category, the game may contain references to or consumption of illegal drugs (or a fictional substance similar in effect to real-life illegal drugs). PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Gambling.svg Gambling May contain elements that encourage or teach gambling. PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Discrimination.svg Discrimination May contain scenes, behavior, or references to cruelty or harassment to a group of specific people based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, ability, or sexual identity/preferences. PEGI 18.svg
PEGI Online.svg Online May contain online interactions. This descriptor was discontinued by PEGI in 2015, with the majority of present-day games and all consoles allowing for online interactions. Still appears for games classified before July 2015. PEGI 3.svg PEGI 7.svg PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
- In-Game Purchases Introduced in 2018. May contain additional paid content, such as microtransactions or downloadable content, that can be purchased with real money inside the game.[4] PEGI 3.svg PEGI 7.svg PEGI 12.svg PEGI 16.svg PEGI 18.svg
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