7efe0002 2e2b 486a b5e3 031dba4b784f 11 Microsoft reverses European games ban for Windows 8

Microsoft has reversed a ban on mature games in Europe that prevented them from displaying or being accessed from the Windows 8 Store.

Microsoft has reversed a ban on mature games in Europe that prevented them from displaying or being accessed from the Windows 8 Store.

 
The inadvertent ban came about from a ratings mismatch between the US and Europe, where games  like Call of Duty, Mass Effect and Skyrim were given the “mature” rating, or ages 17 and over, by the American ESRB system, but were given a PEGI 18 rating, or ages 18 and over, in Europe.
 
The distinction meant that the games were classified as adult content by the Windows 8 Store, which prohibits the sale of adult-only software, effectively banning their sale and resulting in significant outcry from gamers and developers.
 
7efe0002 2e2b 486a b5e3 031dba4b784f 11 Microsoft reverses European games ban for Windows 8
 
Microsoft acted quickly, relaxing the restrictions to restore the games to the Windows 8 Store, but some developers, like Minecraft creator Markus Persson, continue to criticise Microsoft's testing and certification system, which he believes turns the PC into a closed platform, making it incredibly difficult for the gaming industry.
 
Gamers can, of course, download and install their titles through conventional means on Windows 8 machines, but the lost marketing and distribution opportunities are a major setback. A much bigger problem, however, is that Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 designed for tablet computers, will only allow users to download software from the Windows 8 Store, which makes Microsoft certification vital on that medium.
 
Source: BBC