Supplementary memorandum from Entertainment
The BBFC have proven themselves commercial and
effective in the film space and I have no reason to believe they
would not do so in the games space. This is not to say the BBFC
might not have to adopt different systems of review for games
or adopt different cost bases but both these factors are surmountable.
The "European" nature of PEGI is meaningless,
the only two systems which are relevant are a UK system or a global
system. The BBFC also operates an online version and we exist
in a world where technology will allow those who wish to use a
ratings system to implement this.
The most important factor remains that the BBFC
system is already understood by consumers and therefore requires
considerably less consumer education to make it effective for
As our submission makes clear retail (and consumers)
require a single system which is:
Whilst neither the BBFC system nor PEGI meet
all our requirements we believe the Bbfc system requires less
work than PEGI to meet consumer needs. Please also bear in mind
that whatever is decided for games, BBFC ratings still exist for
film, so retail will need to continue to operate two systems.
It would be possible to implement a system whereby
PEGI rate but BBFC logos are used, thereby maintaining the benefits
of a pan-European system but introducing consumer clarity on ratings.