Microsoft Windows 8 Marketplace Regulations Prohibit Sale of Adult-Rated Games

October 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft has struck a small nail on gaming. The software giant has hammered in the rating certificates for content that would be available in the Windows 8 Marketplace.

Apparently, all those content, whether ranging from videos to video games, that have an 18+ rating won’t be allowed shelf son the Windows 8 App Store. This is according to some of the guidelines jotted down in the Windows 8 Marketplace certification requirements.

The list details that “Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed.” This is because Microsoft wants its Windows Marketplace be appropriate enough for a global audience.

At first it was thought that M-rated games won’t make it into the App Store, but then Microsoft cleared up its statements, saying that M-rated games will be available and that it’s only AO-rated games that would be denied access. Many retailers have taken up that stand, wherein they won’t put up with AO-rated games, so it seems Microsoft, along with Sony and Nintendo don’t want such games for their consoles.

But the glitch here is that the PEGI-18 rating would be equal to the ESRB’s M-rating in Europe. This means that while games like Skyrim and Mass Effect 3, which have an 18+ rating, won’t be available in the App Store, their fellow-games in the US, which are M-rated, will be allowed access.

The regulations do seem a bit odd, but I expect Microsoft would clear up on the type of games that would be denied in both continents. Anyway, players will still be able to play these games on their machines.

It’s just that they won’t be able to purchase it from the Windows 8 Marketplace, instead opt to get it from other places like Steam.

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