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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]


8 th July 2013

The UK video games regulator, the Video Standards Council (VSC), has published its first full year report for the period January to December 2013.

The report features an analysis of games which, for one reason or another, caught the attention of both the VSC and the public alike.  This analysis highlights certain issues which the VSC had to consider before granting a certificate for UK release.

Statistical data shows that in terms of the UK, just over half (51.8%) of games were considered suitable for those under 12 years of age.  Games rated PEGI 12 comprised 16.8% of the total, whilst PEGI 16 rated games comprised 17.2% and PEGI 18 rated games comprised 14.3% respectively. 

A PDF copy of the report is available on the ‘downloads’ page of the VSC website:


For more press information or interviews contact:

Gianni Zamo

VSC Communications Officer

Tel: 0208 213 3151


Notes to Editors:

The Video Standards Council (VSC) was established in 1989 as a body set up to develop and oversee a code of practice designed to promote high standards within the video/dvd industry.  The code was subsequently expanded to promote high standards within the video games industry.  The VSC has established staff training guidelines for retailers and others responsible for supplying videos, dvd and video games to the public to ensure that age restricted media is not made available to under-age consumers.

In 1994 the VSC became responsible for the age-rating of most video games under the scheme developed by the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) now UKIE.  This was superseded by the Pan-European Games Information (PEGI) system and since 2003 the VSC has been responsible for administering the PEGI system which now covers the UK and over 30 countries.

In July 2012, the VSC was appointed as the UK statutory regulator for video games.  The ratings arm of the VSC which undertakes this role is the Games Rating Authority (GRA) which rates video games using the PEGI ratings system.


Video Standards Council

4 Imperial Place

Maxwell Road



Tel: 0208 213 3148