Age restrictions for video games in the UK will be more thoroughly policed to be brought in-line with the rest of Europe.
Games in the UK will now be rated by the Video Standards Council using the PEGI classification system, rather than the British Board of Film Classification, reports the BBC.
The revamp means that retailers caught selling games to children under the advertised age can face prison time. However, it does not apply to online sales.
"It will give parents greater confidence that their children can only get suitable games while we are creating a simpler system for the industry having their games age-rated," explained Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey
A marketing campaign will launch soon after the changes to help people become more aware of the classification system.
Australia also carries a maximum penalty of prison time for selling mature video games to children below the restricted age; although, even the minimum penalties are rarely enforced.
By Ben Salter - Bio