Windows 8 Marketplace won't sell 18-rated games

Plenty of top titles won't be available from the digital store in Europe

Windows 8 Marketplace won't sell 18-rated games.


Microsoft has confirmed to Kotaku that section 6.2 of the Windows app guidelines applies to video games too. It reads: "...apps with a rating over or PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or a corresponding rating under other ratings systems ...are not allowed."

The rule won't impact US game buyers (unless they're hoping to pick up Manhunt 2 on PC or the Director's Cut of Indigo Prophecy), but it will be an issue in other markets.

Recent games to receive PEGI 18 ratings in Europe include The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 2, Modern Warfare 3, Max Payne 3, Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored and Mass Effect 3.

You'll still be able to play 18-rated games while running the operating system, but they won't be available from Microsoft's online store, which seems like a daft business decision.

Microsoft has confirmed a Windows 8 release date of October 26, the same day as the Microsoft Surface release date.