Since 2003 the PEGI system provides parents in Europe with detailed recommendations regarding the suitability of game content for young people. PEGI offers reliable information that is easy to understand in the form of age rating labels and content descriptions on game packaging and digital storefronts, helping people make informed buying decisions.
PEGI Online is an expansion to the PEGI system. It's essentially a safety certificate with the purpose to provide better protection against unsuitable gaming content and to help parents understand the risks and potential for harm within this environment.
PEGI Online is based on four cornerstones:
- the PEGI Online Safety Code (POSC) provisions which are part of the PEGI Code of Conduct
- the PEGI Online Logo, which can be displayed on websites that meet the provisions of the POSC
- the PEGI website with information for applicants and for the general public
- an independent administration, advice and dispute settlement process
The licence to display the PEGI Online Logo is granted to any online gameplay service provider that meets the requirements set out in the PEGI Online Safety Code (POSC). These requirements include the obligation to keep the website free from illegal and offensive content created by users and any undesirable links, as well as measures for the protection of young people and their privacy when engaging in online gameplay.
If game websites carry the PEGI Online logo, parents are informed that the game or website in question is under the control of an operator that cares about applying best practices to protect young people.