The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games. It was launched in the Spring of 2003 and replaced a number of national age rating systems with a single system now used throughout most of Europe, in more than 35 countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldavia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom).
The system is supported by the major console manufacturers, including Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as by publishers and developers of interactive games throughout Europe. The age rating system was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE).
The day-to-day management, supervision and development of the PEGI system was handed to PEGI s.a., an independent, not-for-profit company with a social purpose established under Belgian law. Drawing on wide experience, PEGI is steered by way of a number of boards and committees as envisaged in article 12 of the PEGI Code of Conduct: