A new law in Poland comes in to effect. It states that video game producers need to label their products with consumer warnings and suitability for children. This has to be included along with the packaging details. Poland's Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska told the Rzeczpospolita daily. She said that PEGI
(Pan-European Game Information) parental warning system was likely to be
adopted by Poland.
The PEGI age rating system was set up in 2003 to guide parents buying video games and is supported by major video game producers. The aim is to ensure that children are not exposed to games unsuitable for their age group. Poland so far did not have any parental guidance legislation. After this press release some large manufacturers have already labeled their products with the PEGI system. This includes that the manufacture suggest the required ages and warning of offensive language, sexual content or violence on a voluntary basis on the label.
Other countries such as Australia and New Zealand have enforced some of the toughest legislation in the world, introducing bans on excessively violent video games and Poland wants to join the race.