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BBFC logos to vanish from future games releases

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa) has wrested the classification of videogames away from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The switch follows the passing of the Digital Economy Bill into law, a move that will see the Elspa-backed Pan-European Game Information (Pegi) system …
Tony Smith, 8 Apr 2010
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New Pegi videogame ratings designed

Redesigned age rating and content classification symbols for videogames released in the UK have been revealed. Pegi_age Pegi's age ratings will join the BBFC age symbols The new Pan-European Game Information (Pegi) symbols following a recent decision reached by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to make Pegi …
James Sherwood, 17 Jun 2009

Government hints at gaming tax breaks

Newly appointed Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has hinted that UK videogame developers may be granted direct tax breaks. The revelation was made during a recent House of Commons debate. Bradshaw said that the government is “looking at introducing further tax breaks” for the games industry. Bradshaw’s comment was made in …
James Sherwood, 10 Jun 2009

Family-friendly gaming site launches

The web’s already bursting with tales of GTA-loving teens running amuck and of contrasting reports about the impact of videogames on kids. But now a website’s launched that aims to help inform families about videogames. FamilyGamer promises to help mum, dad and the kids “play videogames together in healthy, entertaining, …
James Sherwood, 16 Apr 2009

Investigators claim UK's largest 'illegal game copying device' haul

A raid on a London-based business has resulted in the discovery of what's claimed to be the UK’s largest ever haul of illegal game-copying devices. ELSPA_gaming_devices Seized Around 50,000 devices and counterfeit games console peripherals for the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were allegedly found at the unnamed business …
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2008 sees good year for gaming

Videogame sales in Blighty jumped a record 23 per cent to £1.9bn ($2.8bn/€2bn)in 2008. That is more than double the UK’s total videogames sales over the previous five years, according to the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), which compiles the sales charts. Videogames for the all-mighty Wii …

Raid yields 2800 'illegal' DS games copying kits

A Cardiff resident was last week found to be in possession of almost 3000 kits that could be used to copy Nintendo DS games. Some 1800 game copying devices were seized in a raid on a Cardiff shop on 17 December, with 1000 more being found at a private residence, both used by the same man, said to be 21 years old, but who has …
Tony Smith, 22 Dec 2008

Heavyweight games pirate jailed for three years

A UK man who had plastic surgery after growing fat through his pirate film, music and videogame empire, has been jailed for three years. Steven Raymond Adams, 38, of Loweswater Drive, Lower Gornal, Dudley pleaded guilty to over 40 offences related to the 1994 Trademarks Act. Adams sold much of the illegally copied content at …
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2008

BBFC bite back at ELSPA

The British Board of Film Classification has bitten back at recent negative comments made by the Director General of the European Leisure Software Publishers Association, which claimed that the Board isn’t fit for purpose. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) said that the the European Leisure Software Publishers …
James Sherwood, 24 Sep 2008

ELSPA chief lays into UK censor over games ratings

The British Board of Film Classification isn’t fit for purpose when it comes to videogame classification, the bigwig of a rival game classification body has told the government. Again. Speaking at the Labour Party conference today, the notoriously hard-talking Director General of the European Leisure Software Publishers …
James Sherwood, 23 Sep 2008

Game rating system needs legal backing, claims supporter

Exclusive The Pan European Game Information videogame classification system needs a legal framework, but it's still best placed to protect children from disturbing games, according to the code’s primary backer. The code was recently criticised by a government report into UK videogame classification, which said that the British Board of …
James Sherwood, 12 Aug 2008

Gov videogame report backs BBFC

A single videogame classification system controlled by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the best option for the UK, according to a government report. The Committee of Culture, Media and Sport, in its report Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games, admitted the separate videogame labelling systems …
James Sherwood, 31 Jul 2008

Game rating to confound censor, trade body chief claims

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rubbished reiterated claims from a games industry trade body that it won’t be able to cope with online videogame classification. Paul Jackson, director general of the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), yesterday told MPs on the Culture Select Committee …
James Sherwood, 30 Apr 2008

Videogame retailers support Byron Review, says Byron

Psychologist Dr Tanya Byron has told a meeting of videogame publishers that most retailers support the idea of giving the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) a bigger role over game classification. Byron, who last week published her infamous review into the effect of videogames and the internet on children, has …

World+Dog tosses orb in public on Byron Review

The Byron Review into the effects of videogames and the internet on children was months in the making. But it’s only taken one day for everyone from government ministers to quangos to voice their opinions on the Review’s recommendations. Yesterday, psychologist Dr Tanya Byron’s review proposed a legally binding system of age …
James Sherwood, 29 Mar 2008

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