Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification)

  Byron recommends (para 7.48) that both physical form and online games from 12+ upwards should be rated for the UK by the BBFC. The BBFC would be happy in principle to do this through the PEGI Online scheme, given that this scheme already recognises BBFC symbols and ratings, and given Byron's further recommendation that the BBFC and PEGI should work together to establish a single set of standards managing the risks of online gaming (para 8.43). The BBFC did indeed participate in the working group which developed PEGI Online. Neither the BBFC nor PEGI currently has statutory powers to classify online games, but the Byron recommendation could be implemented through co-operative arrangements. In the absence of such co-operation, the BBFC would wish to see the statutory powers which it currently exercises for non-exempt physical form games extended to cover online games of 12+ and upwards.

May 2008

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