We are pleased to see major mobile platforms adopting the new IARC system, making it easy and, importantly, free for businesses that publish games to get age ratings across a number of major games markets. Having PEGI ratings on more mobile platforms across Europe also means that we have a more consistent and clear rating process to help consumers understand which games are appropriate for all ages. – UKIE boss Dr Jo Twist
What can we expect from this? Right now this will not directly influence American market, but I see no reason why it would not be implemented globally. I invite you for a discussion to our forums.
IARC is made up of the five largest rating organisations in the world: PEGI (Europe), ESRB (North America), ClassInd (Brazil), USK (Germany) and the Classification Board in Australia.
The first to sign up for the service are Google Play and Firefox Marketplaces, while Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Nintendo’s eShop and Sony’s PlayStation Store are set to adopt the simplified ratings process in the near future. There’s no news of Apple signing its own iOS App Store up to the service.