International Age Rating Coalition

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The International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) is an establishment aimed at streamlining acquisition of content ratings from authorities of different countries. Introduced in 2013, the IARC system simplifies the process of obtaining ratings by developers, through the use of questionnaires, which assess the content of the product.[1][2] This new process reduces the costs of video game developers as they seek to obtain ratings for their products that are distributed digitally online.[3]

The effort was created through a coalition of rating authorities from around the world, including ESRB in North America, PEGI in Europe, USK in Germany, ClassInd in Brazil, and the Australian Classification Board, and first announced at the 2013 London Games Conference.[4] In August 2014, the Australian Classification Board introduced amendments to allow for the automated classification process employed by the IARC.[5] On December 19, 2017, South Korea's Game Rating and Administration Committee (GRAC) became a member.

Comparison table

A comparison of participants, showing age on the horizontal axis. Note however that the specific criteria used in assigning a classification can vary widely from one country to another. Thus a color code or age range cannot be directly compared from one country to another.


  •  White : Aimed at young audiences / All ages may play / Exempt / Not rated / No applicable rating.
  •  Yellow : Parental guidance is suggested.
  •  Purple : Not recommended for a younger audience but not restricted / Advisory, but de facto restrictive.
  •  Red : Parental supervision recommended for younger audiences.
  •  Black : Unsuitable for younger audience / Purchase age-restricted / Banned.
Region/Participant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Other Notes
Australia (Australian Classification Board) G M R18+ RC The restricted categories are MA15+ and R18+, the latter was introduced at the start of 2013.
Brazil (ClassInd) L 10 12 14 16 18 N/A The same rating system is used for television and motion pictures in Brazil.
EC E10+ T M AO RP This was adopted in 1994 in the United States, most of Canada, and Mexico. The E10+ rating was first used in early 2005. Games rated RP (Rating Pending) do not yet have a rating.
Germany (USK) USK 0 USK 6 USK 12 USK 12 USK 16 USK 18 BPjM restricted
No labelling
IARC Generic N/A 3+ 7+ 12+ 16+ 18+ N/A Used in most countries that aren’t represented by a participating rating authority.[citation needed]

Middle East

N/A 3 7 12 16 18 N/A Legal enforcement depends on the jurisdiction.
Portugal (PEGI) N/A 4 6 12 16 18 N/A Portugal uses a modified version of PEGI.
South Korea (GRAC) ALL 12 15 18 N/A


  1. ^ "About the International Age Rating Coalition - IARC". 
  2. ^ Serrels, Mark. "The Government Is In The Process Of Changing How We Classify Games". 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "New International Age Ratings System Launching Worldwide Next Year - Video Game Deals & UK News -". 
  5. ^ Reilly, Luke (1 September 2014). "Getting Digitally-Distributed Games Classified in Australia to Be Cost-Free". 

External links

  • Official website

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