VSC PRESS RELEASE
12th September 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIDEO STANDARDS COUNCIL (VSC) RE-BRAND
The Video Standards Council announces a change of name to reflect its increasing role as the agency which provides video games ratings for the UK and Europe as well as the rating of apps through the IARC rating system.
With immediate effect, the VSC will now be known as the Video Standards Council Rating Board. The games rating arm of the VSC, the GRA (Games Rating Authority) will, as a result of this change, become defunct.
The VSC Director-General, Ian Rice, said:
Originally, the VSC was set-up to ensure that retailers of video, dvd and video games followed a code of practice to ensure that age-restricted entertainment media wasn’t sold or hired to children and young people. This continues to be an essential part of our remit, but we also had to recognise that since 2012, when we were appointed as the ‘designated authority’ to rate video games, our ratings role has extended to include the provision of app ratings through the IARC system.
In support of our ratings work, the VSC Rating Board is, additionally, providing game content and e-safety information to educators, child-protection agencies and the consumer.
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Notes for Editors:
The Video Standards Council (VSC) was established in 1989 as a body set up to develop and oversee a Code of Practice designed to promote high standards within the video/DVD industry. The Code was subsequently expanded to promote high standards within the video games industry. The VSC has established staff training guidelines for retailers and others responsible for supplying videos, DVD and video games to the public to ensure that age-restricted media is not made available to under-age purchasers.
In 2012, the VSC was appointed as the statutory UK video games regulator using the Pan European Games Information (PEGI) system to rate video games accordingly.