Localizing Games for Germany – Video Game Age Ratings

The Strictest Rating System in the World?

GermanyThe website of the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK), Germany’s official games rating board, proudly proclaims that Germany has the strictest statutory rules in the world for the classification and sale of computer games’. Contrary to other European countries, the issues surrounding age ratings for video games in Germany have much deeper, political roots, made evident by the fact that it has its own rating board independent of the Pan European Game Information (PEGI). Age ratings for video games in Germany are based on the German Children and Young Persons Protection Act (JuSchG) and are agreed upon by an Advisory Council of 16 representatives from various official groups, associations, and boards within Germany.

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