Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft changes Windows Store policy, permits PEGI 18 apps

updated 06:39 am EST, Thu December 13, 2012

Rule changes allow gaming apps more leniency in ratings

Microsoft has changed its policy of blocking 'Adult' rated games from the Windows Store in Europe. Publishers can now submit previously-denied games rated PEGI 18 in Europe to the app store, which due to the nature of European game ratings compared to those in the US, would have prevented a number of big-name titles from being sold.

In contrast to the ESRB's light usage of the 'Adults Only' rating, due to stores usually refusing to sell titles bearing the mark, the UK and Europe are far more willing to place a PEGI 18 rating onto a title, as retailers would still stock them. Before the reversal in policy by Microsoft, four-percent of games would be blocked from the store despite being eligible for sale in the US version of the Windows 8 Marketplace, such as Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Ted Dworkin, the director of program management for Windows Store, confirmed the policy change in an MSDN blog post, advising that while the PEGI 18 titles will appear in the store, the store itself would still prevent younger users from accessing them. "Through its integration with Microsoft Family Safety, the Windows Store allows parents to be in control of the kinds of apps their children can install" said Dworkin, pointing towards the Windows 8 App Certification Requirements page that houses the updated rules.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News