The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system will be used in the UK to classify video games.
Creative Industries minister Siôn Simon announced the move, which will be overseen by the Video Standards Council (VSC). The system will replace the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which currently looks after age-ratings of games in the UK.
Currently, two different sets of symbols can appear on video game packaging to indicate their suitability. However under the PEGI system, they will be replaced with five different age categories alongside what the government called "a series of pictorial boxes, describing content such as bad language or violence".
"We will now work with PEGI and the VSC to agree exactly what the new symbols will look like and how they will work in the UK market, to ensure they provide the clarity and safeguards that are needed," said Simon.
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