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Breakthrough as Australia ends ban on R18 games

New legislation will align videogame classifications with film and TV

After an exhaustive ten-year political struggle, Australia has passed a new bill that brings an end to its controversial ban on 18-rated video games.


The bill, first introduced into Federal Parliament back in February, has been passed through the House of Representatives and the Senate without amendment.

Australia's game classification ratings will now be aligned with existing categories for films and television shows.

The 18+ rating allows the games industry to flood its blockbuster games into the country.

Home Affairs minister Jason Clare said "these are important reforms over 10 years in the making".