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PEGI rollout delayed again

UK games industry body unhappy that the government's dragging its feet over the matter

The implementation of PEGI as the standard age rating system for games in the UK has been pushed back once more.

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That's according to UK games industry trade body UKIE, which said in a statement that it was disappointed by the government's dragging of its feet over legal matters.

While the Department of Culture, Media and Sport chose to adopt PEGI as the sole classification system for games way back in June 2009, and the initiative was passed as part of the Digital Economy Act last April, the passing of a Statutory Instrument needed to bring the Act into force has yet to be notified to Europe or put before the House of Commons.

"This further delay to PEGI's implementation is extremely frustrating not to mention disappointing," UKIE chairman Andy Payne said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

"We have received repeated assurances from Government that the process is in hand, yet PEGI is still no closer to implementation.

"It is also disappointing that a Government constantly - and quite rightly - pressuring industry to put measures in place to protect children - can't seem to deliver on its side of the bargain.

"The Government has set it stock by making the UK one of the best places in Europe to do business yet despite industry consistently calling on the Government to introduce the necessary measures to reduce the cost of doing business, we have been hit by delay after delay," added Payne.

"It seems that the much talked about red tape has yet again got in the way of creating wealth for UKPLC."

[ SOURCE: GamesIndustry ]

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