Online Content Now Being Rated By ESRB

  • Digital Rating Service
  • Support for Windows 8
  • Three new badges

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the institution behind the “E” or “M” ratings you see on games, is now pointing their attention towards online content, adding three new badges describing online play.

  • Digital Rating Service
  • Support for Windows 8
  • Three new badges

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the institution behind the “E” or “M” ratings you see on games, is now pointing their attention towards online content, adding three new badges describing online play.

The ESRB has established a new "Digital Rating Service", which uses an online questionnaire to determine a wide variety of criteria including content, interactivity and privacy settings (whether or not it shares your data).

The DRS specifically applies to digital delivery services- Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network (on PS3 and Vita), PlayStation Certified devices, Nintendo's eShop (on the Wii, DS, and 3DS), and Windows 8.

In addition,there are three new badges for guidance to its game ratings- "Shares Info," "Shares Locations" and "Users Interact".These new badges will help in knowing whether a game shares your location, for instance, or whether it’s going to put your information on boards.

The ESRB says its new system will help to streamline its rating process for both itself and game creators, and this will resultant in faster ratings for consumers.

"Consumers have grown accustomed to using ESRB ratings when making decisions about the appropriateness of the games their families play. With the explosion of devices from which consumers can access games today, our goal is to ensure that those same tools are available everywhere games can be found," says ESRB president Patricia Vance.

"More recently, parents' concerns have begun to extend beyond just content to include the sharing of their kids' personal information or location and interactions with other players. ESRB's Digital Rating Service now offers all digital platforms, storefronts and networks the opportunity to empower their customers with consistent, credible, familiar and useful upfront guidance no matter where their family chooses to play games." 

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