Microsoft reverses 'Mature' games ban in European Windows Store

Games like Doom 3 and BioShock were banned in the European Windows 8 Store over a ratings discrepancy, but now that's changed.

BioShock was banned in the European Windows 8 Store because of a ratings discrepancy.
(Credit: 2K Games)

According to Gizmodo, the software giant announced on the weekend that it will reverse an earlier decision that banned all PEGI 18 games that also received a "Mature" rating from its European store.

The ban was instated when Microsoft outlined its Windows Store guidelines, which said that ESRB ratings of Adults Only would not be allowed in the US, and PEGI 18 ratings would be barred in Europe. The discrepancy between the two regions was based on different ratings scales.

The problem was that this made the European ratings much more restrictive. The PEGI 18 rating banned many games that were allowed in the US, including Skyrim, Dishonored, Doom 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, BioShock and many others.

Microsoft realised the difference between the two ratings systems, and has now changed its guidelines so that in both Europe and the US, everything is allowed except for Adults Only ratings — which is mostly porn, anyway, according to Gizmodo.

While Microsoft launched its Window Store with Windows 8 last week, the ratings change won't take effect in the European store until December, according to Gizmodo.

CNET has contacted Microsoft for comment.


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