UK game trade groups slam Microsoft's Windows Store rules

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Microsoft's rules prevent PC games rated as PEGI 18 in Europe from being published in the Windows Store feature in Windows 8. That meant that a number of games would not be welcomed in the Windows Store, including several acclaimed PC titles.

Now the two major game trade organizations in the UK have expressed their feelings on the matter, and they don't seem to be happy. reports that Dr. Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, believes that Microsoft's rules could keep some game publishers and developers from releasing titles on the Windows Store.

He added, "This would be a great shame. However, games developers and digital publishers now have considerable choice over where to publish their games. If Microsoft will not welcome adult rated games then some developers will simply take their games to other publishers and platform owners. Hopefully Microsoft will change its position."

Dr. Jo Twist, of the UK game trade group UKIE, seems to suggest that Microsoft's rules against PEGI 18 games are not needed. Twist says, "Other online marketplaces have codes of conduct in place and monitoring to prevent inappropriate behaviour. On top of that, all the main consoles and PC operating systems have parental controls (linked to age ratings)."

Neowin contacted Microsoft for comment. A spokesperson for the company would not comment directly on the matter, but instead only offered links to the Windows Dev Center website, where the company talks about its app certification requirements and ratings.

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Does Windows not have parental controls? I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to restrict content available on a child account (especially as you can log on with a Windows Live ID. Heck the Xbox 360 did this for long enough, despite my brother turning 18 his Xbox account couldn't be converted to an adult account for years after, this was eventually fixed by Microsoft.

It would be funny if it wouldn't be so sad! So, where would adults have to go if they can't get get adult games? Why does every major corporation try parenting you? That is the job of real parents, you know? Kids will always find a way to get what they're not supposed to. They see it as a challenge: as harder it gets, as more they try.

If I don't want my kids to use content that's inappropriate for their age, I'll take matters in my own hand! Thanks, Apple and Microsoft, for making my life as an adult more complicate!

That's not really a good call. A bunch of games will stay legacy only, and more devs will seriously consider moving to Linux.

migo said,
That's not really a good call. A bunch of games will stay legacy only, and more devs will seriously consider moving to Linux.

Agreed, censorship sucks.

migo said,
That's not really a good call. A bunch of games will stay legacy only, and more devs will seriously consider moving to Linux.

stfu dude, no one is going to move to linux just because the Windows Store won't let them publish their games... Big game companies who make R18 games have them built from win32 libraries. Having a store on Windows makes absolutely no difference at all to them and I literally mean no difference. They can continue selling their games just as they have before on every other version of Windows. It also makes me laugh at how they feel as if they have been left out when really they would be reluctant to sacrifice 30% off their cut to MS.

These people act as if they know what they're talking about, when really they no little more than the average consumer. Threatening a switch to "other platforms"? Really? Where are they going to go? MacOSX? Same restriction! Linux? I'm not even going to go there (After all, if I dig through a couple of NeoWine articles last time I checked 2007 was the year of the linux desktop?).

"Stay legacy only" Why is this such a problem? The desktop is far from dead. "seriously consider moving to linux". Yeah, you keep thinking that... Maybe they will enjoy 0.3% of market share!!! + ****ty drivers/APIs/OPENGL!! Not to mention the fact many n00bs havent the faintest idea on how to "move to linux"

/End Rant