The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) is a rating system used in Europe (except Germany, where Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) is mandatory), Israel, and Middle East. PEGI is a participating authority in the International Age Rating Coalition.
- 3: Suitable for all. May contain minimal mild violence. (mistaken as people 3 or older).
- Equivalent to E (low end). 435 titles were rated PEGI 3 in 2020.
- 7: Suitable for people 7 or older. May contain mild violence or pictures/sounds that can be frightening to younger children.
- Equivalent to E (high end) and E10+ (low end). 354 titles were rated PEGI 7 in 2020.
- 12: Suitable for people 12 or older. May contain more violent content, mild coarse language, sexual references or innuendo, or gambling.
- Equivalent to E10+ (high end) and T (low end). 376 titles were rated PEGI 12 in 2020.
- 16: Suitable for people 16 or older. May contain stage of life violence or sex, more stronger language, use of alcohol/tobacco in encouragement, or drug use in encouragement.
- Equivalent to T (high end) and M (low end). 296 titles were rated PEGI 16 in 2020.
- 18: Suitable only for people 18 or older. In most cases it is illegal to supply a PEGI 18 game to a person younger than 18 years. May contain graphic violence, including "violence towards defenceless people" and "multiple, motiveless killing", strong sexual content, drug use in glamorisation, or discrimination.
- Equivalent to M (high end). 282 titles were rated PEGI 18 in 2020.
- !: Parential guideance suggested for minors. Used for services (mostly social media).
The current design was introduced at the end of 2009. Black and white icons were used until June 2009, when the newly colour-coded PEGI icons were announced, with green for 3 and 7, orange for 12 and 16 and red for 18. Plus signs were also removed from the icons, and the background text changed from 'ISFE' on the old, black-and-white icons to 'PEGI' on the new, colour-coded PEGI icons.
8 content descriptors are also used by PEGI. While they do indicate the presence of inappropriate material, they do not measure the intensity of such content. Thus, a user has to go onto PEGI's website to find out such material. The descriptors are: Fear, Sex, Discrimination, Bad Language, Violence, Gambling, Drugs, and In-Game Purchases. The Online content descriptor is no longer in active use.