Australia to Trial New, Free Classification System for Online Games

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Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has announced that Australia will soon commence a year-long trial of a new classification tool that will allow developers to get mobile and online games rated without needing to submit them to the Australian Classification Board.

Keenan confirmed that Australia has joined the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC), a partnership of government and industry content classification agencies from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Europe, and Brazil.

As a result, Australia is now preparing to trial the use of the IARC’s new tool for classifying games. The IARC rating tool is an online questionnaire where developers answer a series of questions about content. Based on these responses the IARC tool assigns the most appropriate rating from various territories around the world, and digital storefronts automatically display the correct rating information for each territory.




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