Pan European Game Information
|Formation||9 April 2003|
|Purpose||Video game classification|
Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is a European
PEGI has five age categories.
|Suitable for persons 3 and older. Can contain non-sexual nudity.|
|Suitable for persons 7 and older. Compared to PEGI 3, the game has to contain possibly frightening scenes or sounds.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. 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.
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. Finland also used a modified scale, where 12 became 11 and 16 became 15. Finland fully adopted PEGI on 1 January 2007, and the standard ratings were fully enforced as well.
|Standard||PEGI 3||PEGI 7|
The nine content descriptors are:
|Icon||Content descriptor||Explanation||Corresponding age ratings|
|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.|
|May contain profanity and all manner of slurs, insults, and epithets.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Depending on the age category, the game may contain references to or consumption of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs (or a fictional substance similar in effect to real-life illegal drugs).|
|May contain elements that encourage or teach gambling.|
|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.|
|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.|
|-||In-Game Purchases||To be introduced in 2018. May contain additional paid content, such as