MCV is reporting that the introduction of the PEGI ratings system as the standard for games ratings in the United Kingdom has been delayed even further. Last week game industry trade group UKIE announced that the ratings system wouldn't be officially used by the UK until sometime in "early 2012." Today we learn that UKIE has pushed the implementation of PEGI further back to a date to yet to be determined.
The UK game industry voluntarily adopted the PEGI age rating system in 2003, before it was enshrined in the law in the Digital Economy Act 2010. As MCVUK points out, the relevant part of the Digital Economy Act has yet to be brought into force.
"This further delay to PEGI's implementation is extremely frustrating not to mention disappointing," UKIE said in a statement. "We have received repeated assurances from Government that the process is in hand, yet PEGI is still no closer to implementation."
"It is also disappointing that a Government constantly – and quite rightly – pressuring the industry to put measures in a place to protect children – can't seem to deliver on its side of the bargain."