The recent outcry over the violence in PUBG Mobile led publisher Tencent to restrict the game for users below 13 years in China. What many parents forget is that there is already a rating system in place for both consoles and mobile games like PEGI (Pan European Game Information) ratings for PC, Xbox and PS games and IARC (The International Age Rating Coalition) ratings for Android, Occulus, and PC games.
These ratings provide an idea of the degree of violence in a game. PEGI age rating system classifies games into five categories—3, 7, 12, 16 and 18, where every number is reflective of the age group they will suit.
IARC ratings are assigned for online games and apps . For example, PUBG Mobile is rated 16+ for strong violence, user interaction and in-app purchases. Parents can use parental control settings on app stores to restrict children from downloading certain games.