Microsoft will actually allow PEGI 18 games on the Store

Earlier this month it was revealed that Microsoft's original Windows Store guidelines prohibited any games rated PEGI 18 from being available to Europeans, despite the same games rated ESRB Mature being available to those in the United States. This effectively meant a range of games such as Skyrim, Call of Duty, Borderlands 2 and Max Payne 3 wouldn't be available in Europe, but would be available in the USA.

Now, Microsoft has revised their stance on "mature" content in the Windows Store, and they will in fact allow games rated PEGI 18 onto the Store to bring content available in Europe on par with that in the States. Antoine Leblond, Windows Corporate VP of Web Services, told Gizmodo that the change will take some time to come into effect - the content won't be available straight away, but hopefully by December.

Lebond hopes that by informing developers of the changes to the Windows Store policy, they will "have the peace of mind" to continue developing games with potentially mature content. He also mentioned that Microsoft is still keen for desktop apps to thrive outside the Store, as of course you'll still be able to purchase games from places such as Steam, regardless of Microsoft's Windows Store policy.

Source: Gizmodo | Image via Gizmodo

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this is where Gabe blows off Steam and thinks this is unfair now that games are going to be in windows Store. I CANNOT WAIT FOR HALO PC VERSIONS!!!!!!

EllaP said,
They should ask for the users age the first time they access the store

Pfffft....

Only dumbnuts who accidentally chose "below 18" even care

GS:mac

I don't really see where the issue was. If they wanted to make their store child-friendly, good for them - the games I want are all available elsewhere.

Marcin Kurek said,
I don't really see where the issue was. If they wanted to make their store child-friendly, good for them - the games I want are all available elsewhere.
Not in RT, that's the thing. I'm normally fine with a store deciding to be kid/family friendly and not sell M rated games... because you can just get them elsewhere if you want them. On RT though there is no elsewhere, you can only install apps from the Windows Store so any restrictions on the store are restrictions on the entire platform and that's not cool. It's so good of MS to allow us to install these things, I hope they don't change their mind later.

Marcin Kurek said,
I don't really see where the issue was. If they wanted to make their store child-friendly, good for them - the games I want are all available elsewhere.
microsft is pretty strict with child settings anyways. If they wanted to download a mature game on their phone, they would need their parent's permission