Pan European Game Information

Culture entity

A self-regulatory European content rating system developed by ISFE so parents can make somewhat informed purchases. Established in 2003-04.

Name variations: PEGI

PEGI ratings are self-applied by publishers/developers who are contractually required to make sure the rating matches the restrictions on the ratings. Meaning that PEGI ratings are available as soon as the publisher/developer bothers to rate their product, not after a third-party finishes rating it as it is with ESRB or some others.

There have been and may still be some country specific variations of the system, though usually with only minor adjustments (e.g. PEGI 15 instead of PEGI 16). These should be noted if a game was released only in such a country and use the closest common equivalent rating instead (e.g. that 16 instead of 15, tag note should be enough to cover the difference).

PEGI ratings are not normally used to restrict sales, though the 18 rating may be the most common exception in this regard, though retailers likely ignore it unless local laws require otherwise.
Rating: PEGI 12For ages 12 and older. Covers mild violence and suggestive themes.1996 / 2018657 games
Rating: PEGI 16For ages 16 or older. May contain suggestive themes, moderate violence, crude humor, and/or references to gambling/drugs.1995 / 2018480 games
Rating: PEGI 18For ages 18 and older. May contain graphic violence, strong sexual content, gambling, drugs, vulgar language, etc.2003 / 2018298 games
Rating: PEGI 3Ages 3 and over. May contain at most very mild violence and suggestive themes. Primarily edutainment games for children.1995 / 2017687 games
Rating: PEGI 7Ages 7 and over. Mild violence and/or suggestive themes. May contain disturbing or frightening scenes.2000 / 2018366 games