The Video Standards Council, the new games censors in waiting, are expecting to take over the job from the BBFC around September this year.
Speaking to Eurogamer TV, Laurie Hall, VSC director general said: The Secretary of State has to be satisfied that everything has been put in place before he presses the green button. There are various arrangements that have to be put in place: a statutory instrument for dealing with packaging regulations; the Secretary of State has to be happy that the arrangements that the VSC itself has put in place to carry out its statutory duties are in order before he designates us. When exactly will all this happen? We don’t know. Our best guess is the early autumn, possibly September.
Speaking to Eurogamer TV earlier in the year, the BBFC’s senior policy advisor, David Austin, said: We’ve been talking to them pretty much constantly since the decision as to how it’s all going to happen. We’ll be working in parallel forever, as long as there’s a VSC and PEGI, because we will still retain responsibility for certain types of game and because game and film content are moving closer.
While the details are still being thrashed out, it is understood the BBFC will retain responsibility for rating the small number of pornographic games requiring an R18 rating.